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Nagaland: NSCN-K threatens to call off truce

K Anurag in Guwahati | July 16, 2008 10:21 IST

Amid continuing factional clashes among Naga rebel groups, the Khaplang faction of National Socialist Council of Nagaland has threatened to pull out of the eight-year-old truce with the government of India protesting 'lack of sincerity' on part of the latter in addressing the issues of the outfit.

The Naga rebel group is furious over the 'Centre's attempt to neutralise it in collusion with its rival faction -- NSCN (Isak-Muivah)'.

A spokesman of the NSCN-K, K Mulatonu, informed media persons that top brass of the rebel group, including chairman S S Khaplang and general secretary Kitovi Jhimomi, were seriously weighing the option of breaking the truce with the government of India due to 'indifferent attitude' of the Centre in dealing with issues of the NSCN-K.

The outfit has been in ceasefire with government of India since April 2001, but is yet to have its first round of parleys with the Centre. Rival NSCN-IM faction has so far held several rounds of talks with the government of India, though without much headway.

Both rebel groups, the NSCN-K and NSCN-IM, have been engaged in bloody factional clashes since the last several months, killing over 50 persons. The clashes have put the uneasy truce-time peace in violence-affected hill state at stake.

Both warring factions of the NSCN have remained cool to the appeals from different civil society groups to stop fratricidal clashes while the government forces have cut a sorry figure in containing the clashes between two rebels groups in truce.

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