NEW DELHI, April 27 (VISION COMMUNICATIONS): The ceasefire between the Govt of India and NSCN (Khaplang) was not extended today on account of NSCN(Khaplang) faction having gone ahead and signed a ceasefire on April 12 with the Myanmar government keeping India in the dark.
The Government of India today asked the Ceasefire Supervisory Board Supervisor Mr Lincoln and his colleagues to clarify “why they have signed another ceasefire agreement with the Government of Myanmar without taking the Government of India into confidence. How can the Government of India sign any agreement with the citizens of another country.”
The CFSB Supervisor is believed to have agreed to clarify their stand after talking to their collective leadership as soon as possible. The ceasefire expires on 28th April. If the Khaplang faction fails to clarify by 28th night, the ceasefire will be declared null and void.
On the other hand, the NSCN-Khole faction has signed a ceasefire agreement with the Government of India and expressed satisfaction over the development. The Khole faction representative Kilonser C Singson said that “we are willing to start peace dialogue with the Government of India. We have already explained and now hope that we will get an invitation soon for formal talks.”
The Government of India was represented by the Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Mr Shambhu Singh and other officials while the Khaplang faction was represented by the CSB Supervisor Lincoln, member H K Sema, and three other members. The Khole faction was represented by the Kilonser C Singson and four other members.
The present ceasefire between the Govt of India and NSCN(K) will lapse on Saturday, the 28th of April. This logjam means that from 28th of April onward there will be no ceasefire between Govt of India and NSCN(K). This might lead to starting of operations against the outfit.
In the meantime, a five-member team from the NSCN(K) led by Ceasefire Supervisory Board (CFSB) supervisor, Mr Lincoln, is presently in New Delhi for a meeting with officials of Ministry of Home Affairs led by Joint Secretary (NE) Mr Shambhu Singh today at 12 pm at Hotel Ashoka.
Sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs said that the representatives of NSCN(K) are going to be grilled on how they went ahead and signed the ceasefire with Myanmar, since signing with Myanmar means that the group is a Myanmarese outfit. “So why should the govt of India talk?” the official asked.
NSCN(K)’s leader Y. Wanting Naga had signed the ceasefire on behalf of the outfit. In lieu, NSCN (K) has been allowed to open a sub office at Hkampi in Myanmar and move around freely.