//Govt extends ceasefire with NSCN(IM)

Govt extends ceasefire with NSCN(IM)

January 31, 2006 (Bangkok): The eight-year-old ceasefire between the government and Naga rebels in Nagaland has been extended by six months with effect from February 1.Discussions between K Padmanabiah, emissary of the Indian government and an NSCN(IM) delegation ended in Bangkok on Tuesday. Both sides say more needs to be done to take the dialogue process forward. After the four-day long talks, the two sides also agreed to reactivate and make effective mechanisms to address all ceasefire issues including modification of ground rules. The ceasefire has been given an extension continually from 1997 onwards, when it was first brokered.