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Ceasefire On Life Support

The Centre's U-turn on the June 14 Bangkok Agreement has the Nagas crying foul now

Ceasefire On Life Support
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Ceasefire On Life Support
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But backtracking on the June 14 Bangkok Agreement—which had extended the truce "without territorial limits", only to come up against a mass uprising in Manipur—is fraught with problems. New Delhi insists that last fortnight's decision to delete the phrase in contention—"without territorial limits"—had the consent of the nscn(im) leadership. However, the two senior Naga leaders, Muivah and Swu, have asserted otherwise. "We had totally rejected the proposal (of limiting the ceasefire to Nagaland), and had said that the matter could not be discussed since the ink had not even dried on the June 14 pact."

A statement from Amsterdam, where Swu and Muivah are currently based, reiterates that the policy reversal didn't have their approval: "During the two-day talks with the Centre's negotiator K. Padmanabhaiah in Amsterdam, nothing was finalised on the review of the Bangkok Agreement. Therefore, New Delhi's assertion that the ceasefire will now be within the territorial limits of Nagaland is unacceptable."

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