Nagaland killing puts question mark on peace talks

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Nagaland killing puts question mark on peace talks


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The incident in the village of Oting, Mon district, Nagaland, could have an impact on Naga’s peace talks, with sources saying groups negotiating with the Center may be under pressure to slow down. reflect the audience. anger at the murder.

“This is not a Nagaland police operation, where the state government elected by the people can be held accountable and where local police personnel would be involved. This is an operation by the Indian army that has gone terribly wrong. It will give credibility to India’s long-running narrative against the Nagas. It will continue to strengthen the hands of insurgent groups, albeit temporarily. officials, “said a senior security official. The Indian Express.

Nagaland Minister P Paiwang Konyak with the administration and security officials at the scene of the violence. (ANI)

While the Center has been courting various factions of the NSCN for a long time, over the past two years the government has managed to bring to the negotiating table quite a few opposition groups. These include groups led by Khango Konyak and Niki Sumi, who were previously part of NSCN’s anti-conversation faction, the NSCN-K. Sumi was in fact the military commander of NSCN-K, which is said to have had considerable influence in the Nagaland districts bordering Myanmar.

Sources said the incident will force even pro-India groups to articulate public sentiments on the issue. “So far, only the NSCN-IM has been the obstacle to the conclusion of the Naga Peace Agreement. All other Naga groups, whether part of the Naga National Political Groups (NNPG) or not, want the agreement “However, the incident now not only gives NSCN-IM a handle on backtracking on India in the negotiations, but also pressures other groups to raise their voices,” a source said. of the Nagaland administration. “Given the public outcry over this, how will a pro-India faction in Kitovi or these NSCN-K factions, which have reached the negotiating table, be allowed to remain silent? No one will risk being irrelevant.”

Nagaland ambush, nagaland assam rifles, nagaland assam rifles, nagaland civilians, nagaland diver festival, nagaland news, neiphiu roi Villagers set fire to vehicles belonging to security personnel after civilians were killed in the village of Oting, Mon district, Nagaland, on Saturday night. (Photo: PTI)

A central government source said: “If it is handled skillfully, it will not have much of an impact. “There will be some noise. But most groups know what they want and there will be negotiations.”

Also, according to sources, the incident is likely to be a reminder of time that people have tried to forget. “People here still remember the operations of the 1950s and 1960s. Now imagine a new incident where India’s narrative against Naga could be turned around again,” said another official.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the NSCN-IM described it as a “black day” for all the nagas and described the incident as “unprecedented in recent history”.

The bodies of the 14 who were killed on Sunday in the district of Mon. Six of them were coal mine workers. (PTI)

“Indian security forces will never be able to wash their hands … Despite the ongoing fruitful Indo-Naga political dialogue that has been fruitful for more than two decades, violence against Nagas continues unabated.” , he said. He said the killing was “one of the most unfortunate incidents of the Indo-Naga ceasefire signed in 1997”.

In a strong statement, the NNPG, which includes seven Nagaland-based insurgent groups that have so far supported the peace talks process, rescinding many of its previous demands, such as a separate flag, blamed continued implementation. of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act of 1956. for such incidents. “Draconian laws in Nagaland and military atrocities for many decades have made the Nagas very aware that they are not and never will be Indians,” the NNPG working committee said. The actions of the army “have undermined the commitments made by the Prime Minister and the Minister of the Interior,” he said.

A black flag hoisted on Sunday at the Hornbill festival site in solidarity with the civilians killed in the Mon district. (PTI)

“Indo-Naga peace talks are over. Now the Indian government must move the peace process forward. It will all depend on whether they continue to take a lukewarm approach to the problem or decide to move forward. If the peace process is underway , the Center should repeal the Nagaland AFSPA, and these incidents would not occur, ”said G Zhimomi, a member of the NNPG working committee.

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