The Union government on Monday evening signed a landmark peace accord with the Naga militant group National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN)’s Isaac Muivah faction. The pact with the north-east Indian group, termed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as ‘historic’, was signed at his official residence at 7, Race Course Road, New Delhi.
“I join the nation in saluting you and conveying our good wishes to the Naga people,” said Prime Minister Modi while declaring the signing of peace accord.
While making a speech at 7, RCR the PM also praised NSCN-IM leaders T Muivah and Isak Swu for making all possible efforts that had resulted in the landmark agreement.
“I sincerely thank Shri Isak Swu, Shri Muivah and other Naga leaders for their wisdom and courage, for their efforts and cooperation, which has resulted in this historic agreement,” PM Modi said.
Complimenting the government on the accord, NSCN (IM) top leader TH Muivah said, “We have come close to understanding each other, entering new relationship”.
With this peace accord several decade long strain between the Union government and Naga group, that has been seeking an autonomy, has come to an end. The Prime Minister described the signing of the accord as historic and said the Nagaland political issue had lingered for six decades, taking a huge toll on “generations of our people”.
“I have the deepest admiration for the great Naga people for their extraordinary support to the peace efforts,” Prime Minister Modi added.
Terming the Naga problem as “unfortunate”, the Prime Minister also told that the issue too so long to get resolved for the two sides couldn’t “understand each other”.
Union External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj too congratulated on the signing of the pact.
“Thank u Prime Minister for Naga Peace Accord. This is of special significance for me as Swaraj ji was interlocutor in talks,” Ms Swaraj wrote on the micro blogging site Twitter.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval were present at the 7, Race Course Road when the announcement was made. The NSCN too was represented by its entire collective leadership and senior leaders of various Naga tribes.
(With inputs from the PTI)