On May 28, the Government of India (GOI) declared a cease-fire agreement with the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang for a period of one year. This followed a round of discussion between the GOI’s representatives led by Dr. P.D. Shenoy and representatives of the NSCN-K led by Mr. Tongmeth Wangnao Konyak. The following are the ground rules to be observed by both sides.
1. These ground rules will be valid only for the State of Nagaland.
2. Enforcement of ground rules will be the responsibility of the GOI. The GOI and the NSCN will jointly implement the ground rules. Contentious issues relating to the implementation of the ground rules will be resolved by a Cease-Fire Supervisory Board (CFSB) comprising five representatives each of GOI and NSCN and a Chairman to be nominated by the GOI.
3. The NSCN would not undertake offensive operations like ambush, raid, sniping and attack leading to death/injury/damage or loss of property against anybody. The NSCN would also act in a manner as not to cause harassment/damage or loss of property or injury to the civilian population.
4. There would be no offensive operations like ambush, raid and attack leading to death/injury/damage or loss of property against the NSCN by the Indian Army, Paramilitary Forces and the Police. However, the Government of India reserves its right to continue operations against all other militant groups who are not a party to the ‘Cease-fire’.
5. NSCN will notify to the CFSB, the list of all their camps. The CFSB would, after due scrutiny, finalise the list of the “designated camps” where all the armed cadres of the NSCN would be located within three months.
6. In the interest of promoting the peace process, there will be no movement in uniform and/or with arms outside “designated camps”.
7. Movement of NSCN cadres from one “designated camp” to another will be carried out for mutually agreed purposes and with intimation to the Security Forces and CFSB. The modalities of this would be finalised by the CFSB.
8. The NSCN would refrain from blockade of roads and communications and from any activity which would disturb the functioning of local and, State Governments and of economic or developmental activities as well as essential services.
9. The NSCN will refrain from extending any form of support or assistance to other militant groups.
10. During the course of the cease-fire, the NSCN will refrain from acquiring any additional arms/ammunition military equipment.
11. The NSCN will refrain from extortions, forcible collection of money and supplies and intimidation of individuals including Government officials.
12. The NSCN will refrain from forcible recruitment of armed cadres.
13. Patrolling by the Indian Army, Paramilitary Forces and the Police would continue to prevent infiltration of militants and arms as hithertofore. However, patrolling within one Km of the “designated camps” decided after due consultation in the Cease-Fire Supervisory Board (CFSB) will be carried out, with intimation to them. It is noted that no such camps are located/will be located in populated areas, and/or near Highways, Indian Army/Para Military Forces Posts, Police Station/Police Posts etc.
14. Protection of convoys and patrolling of roads would continue to be undertaken by the Indian Army, Para Military Forces and Police.
15. Security Forces will retain the right to enforce measures necessary to uphold the laws of the land and prevent any disturbance to peace.
Source: Ministry of Home Affairs