NAGA PEACE ACCORD AND THE KUKIS: A HOLISTIC SOLUTION IS THE ONLY WAY FORWARD
Northeast Today|September 2020
NAGA PEACE ACCORD AND THE KUKIS: A HOLISTIC SOLUTION IS THE ONLY WAY FORWARD
The Naga peace talks, after going past the October 31, 2019 deadline set by the Government, has recently witnessed renewed efforts to clinch the final deal on the accord signed between the Naga rebels and GOI on 3rd August 2018. Amid talks of finalising the agreement, the NSCN IM in a scathing attack to the interlocutor Mr. N Ravi, had released a Press Statement, accusing N. Ravi, who is also the Governor of Nagaland, of branding the Naga issue as just a ‘law and order' issue, among others.
T S Haokip

Interestingly, the Naga National Political Group (NNPG) and a few other groups have maintained their silence as far as allegation on the interlocutor is concerned. It is worth mentioning that earlier in January 2020, NNPG and KNO (Kuki National Organization) in a first of its kind between the two communities, signed an agreement to work closely towards resolving differences and respecting each other’s history and culture. KNO along with United People’s Front (UPF) have been demanding for an autonomous Territorial council for the Kukis of Manipur in the line of Bodoland Territorial council of Assam. As the Naga peace accord enters its final stage, the fate of other ongoing talks especially the Tripartite Suspension of Operations with the Kuki militants, has become a topic of interest for many people.

Pic: SR1 (Caption: Three monoliths inscribed with the names of 1,157 people who had allegedly been killed by Naga mercenaries during the ’90s.)

The Kuki Inpi Manipur, the apex body of Kuki community in its memorandum submitted to the Prime Minister on Independence day 2020, the contents of which were published in all leading local dailies and a few national media reminded the honourable PM of its various memorandum with regards to the concerns of Kuki people. One of the main requests was a simultaneous resolution of the Kuki and the Naga issue, if not to resolve the Kukis' concern first, by the Government of India. Even as it reminded the Government of NSCN-IM's genocidal activities against the Kuki people in the 90s, it categorically said that the Kuki people will not accept any agreement if it involves Kuki inhabited areas. While clarifying their stand that they believe in peaceful coexistence by resolving to welcome a peaceful solution for any community, KIM requests the Government to expedite the talks with Kuki groups and resolve the long-pending issue in the best interest of peace and development in the region.

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