Date
26 March 2017
The rebels have been fighting for an independent homeland for two million Naga tribespeople for more than 60 years. Photo: Osinos.com
The rebels have been fighting for an independent homeland for two million Naga tribespeople for more than 60 years. Photo: Osinos.com

India signs peace deal with Nagaland separatists

India has signed a peace accord with a leading tribal separatist group in the country’s remote northeast, bringing to an end one of the country’s oldest insurgencies.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi described the agreement between his government and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland as “historic”.

The rebels have been fighting for an independent homeland for two million Naga tribespeople for more than 60 years, BBC News reported.

“I have the deepest admiration for the great Naga people for their extraordinary support to the peace efforts,” Modi said after the agreement was signed at his office in New Delhi on Monday.

“Our oldest insurgency is getting resolved, it is a signal to other smaller groups to give up weapons,” he added.

The rebel group was represented by its leader Thuingaleng Muivah.

The Naga mainly live in Nagaland and also in the states of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

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