Indo-Naga ceasefire

Chedema: The 57th anniversary of the first Indo-Naga ceasefire, signed on September 6, 1964, was commemorated at the Chedema Peace Camp under Kohima district.

Addressing the gathering at the Peace Hall in Chedema village, Rev Dr N Paphino, Vice president of the Nagaland Joint Christian Forum (NJCF) said that the Ceasefire day is a “precious day” for the Nagas, urging the need to pray for the pioneers of the Naga society.

Paphino said that the sacrifices made by the pioneers should not go in. In this regard, he said Nagas must not sell their rights in exchange for money.

Rev Dr N Paphino addressing the gathering.

While the Naga people have been making claims about their rights, identity, and sovereignty for many years, he said that now, many Nagas are compromising on their originality. He added that as Nagas will remain being Nagas, he said that the history and identity of the Nagas will also remain.

Lhouvitsu, speaker (Tatar hoho) of the Federal Government of Nagaland (FGN), said that despite the peace agreements being made on paper, there is no “real peace” to this day. He said that the work of the enemy is now also carried out by the Nagas.

He cited that in the past week, a major of the FGN was arrested by the Indian forces on charges of taking contributions from the people. In this regard, he said that the FGN filed a complaint to the Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC), who acts as the mediator between the Government of India and the FG, as it has no direct talks with GoI.

As per sources, the NBCC during its 3rd convention in January-February in 1964 held at Wokha had deliberated on the need to bring peace and normalcy through peaceful talks between the Naga leaders and the GoI. Subsequently, an international ceasefire agreement was signed between Nagaland and the Centre in September 1964. Ever since the Naga National Council (NNC)/ FGN has been observing the Ceasefire day.

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