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Nagaland chief minister to meet NSCN-K in Myanmar


 Photo: RAJIBAKSHA RAKSHIT/PCDN
Photo: RAJIBAKSHA RAKSHIT/PCDN

A 16-member delegation, from India, will soon be visiting Myanmar to meet S SKhaplang, chief of the NSCN-K, said Nagaland Chief Minister T R Zeilang, according to a report by the New India Express on 10 August.

Zeilang said the Ministry of Home Affairs had given clearance to the 16-member delegation to meet Khaplang, a Myanmar national. The NSCN-K was behind the ambush on the Army in Manipur killing 18 soldiers, which led to a Special Forces operation on the militants’ camps near the India-Myanmar border. Zeilang’s latest remarks were the most detailed yet about an accord signed by the Indian government’s interlocutor, N Ravi, and the NSCN-IM’s T Muivah on 3 August.

The Chief Minister said that the accord was only a “formula” for the final pact but noted that it would impact the entire northeastern region. In his statement on 3 August, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also mentioned that the “unique history” of the Nagas would be recognised.

The NSCN-IM’s original demand had been that a greater Nagalim with parts of Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh be created.

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