NEW DELHI, MAY 8 (Vision Comm): The NSCN (Khole-Kitovi) faction is expecting a formal invitation from the government of India soon to initiate peace talks with their group.
It is reliably learnt that the general secretary of the group Kitovi Zhimomi had visited the national capital last week and met high officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs in this regard.
Intelligence sources told the Vision Communications that the Centre has taken a decision in principle to start peace talks with Khole-Kitovi faction to find out “possible options” to resolve the long-awaited Naga political problem. It is also learnt that the talks with the NSCN (IM) group is “progressing slowly.”
It is pertinent to mention here that only on April 27 the government of India has extended ceasefire agreement with the Khole-Kitovi faction for a period of one year without imposing any pre-conditions.
Soon after the agreement was signed the group leader and Supervisor of the Ceasefire Supervisory Board, C Singson told media, “We are ready for political dialogue with the government of India to resolve all contentious issues.”
Soon after, the General Secretary Kitovi Zhimomi rushed to New Delhi and met the officials of the Government of India apparently to give his faction’s nod for initiating peace talks at the earliest.
Meanwhile, the Khaplang faction is under ‘close watch’ of the government of India. The ceasefire agreement with this faction was extended after due date with preconditions that they would never ever extend any kind of assistance to Manipur based insurgent groups and the Assam based Paresh Baruah led ULFA faction. They were also categorically told to restrain their cadres from indulging in any factional clashes.
The Supervisor of the CFSB Lincoln told the media that they are very keen to have a political dialogue with the government of India to resolve the Naga political problem. He also made it clear that his group has never indulged in any factional violence. He expected that the ceasefire ground rule mechanism would take care of this issue.