Centre, NSCN-IM issue joint statement on Naga talks [Security]
- Almost a year after the framework agreement on Naga peace talks was finalised, Centre and NSCN-IM issued a joint statement saying they were “closer than ever before to final settlement and hope to conclude it sooner than later.”
- The Centre had signed framework agreement with NSCN-IM on August 3, 2015 at a much-publicised ceremony at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence.
- The signing of the framework agreement came after over 80 rounds of negotiations that spanned 18 years with first breakthrough in 1997 when the ceasefire agreement was sealed.
- The prolonged illness and the death of NSCN-IM Chairman Isak Chishi Swu adversely impacted the process and his departure is a big loss for both sides.