Revised Ground Rules for Cease-fire
On January 13, 2001 representatives of the Government of India and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak-Muivah finalised, in New Delhi, a new set of ground rules to govern the existing cease-fire between them. Below are the main features of the revised agreed ground rules.
Main features of the Revised Agreed Ground Rules for Cease Fire finalised on 13th January, 2001 would be as follows:-
NSCN would not undertake offensive operations like ambush, raid, sniping, and attack leading to death/injury/damage or loss of property. NSCN would also act in a manner as not to cause harassment/damage or loss of property or injury to the civilian population. There would be no blockade of roads and communications, disruption of economic or developmental activities as well as essential services by the NSCN.
NSCN will notify list of all its camps to the CFMG who after due consultation would declare them as the designated camps. In the interest of promoting peace process, there would be no parading " (either in groups or individually) of NSCN cadres in uniform and/ or with arms. For the present, this would cover all populated areas, public transport and Highways.
For the movement of NSCN armed cadres from one designated camp to another, the concerned Army/para military forces post would be given prior intimation. While proceeding through a village, the arms will be concealed. The modalities of this would be finalised in the CFMG. Persons from NSCN requiring to move frequently will have photo identity cards, which would be issued in the format mutually agreed upon. These identity cards, not to exceed 60 at present, would be issued by the NSCN and be countersigned by the Chairman, CFMG. The holder of these identity cards would, for their personal security, be entitled to have one NSCN armed cadre each accompany them at all times. The weapons would be carried in a concealed fashion.
The concern that forcible collection of money on essential supplies and intimidation of individuals including Government officials were taking place was denied by the NSCN. However, in the interest of promoting the peace process, the NSCN representatives agreed that the above activities would be prevented.
On the reports of forced recruitment of armed cadres the NSCN representatives stated that they have not and do not resort to forced recruitment. However, in the interest of promoting the peace process, it was agreed that if there are any reports of forced recruitment, they should be discussed in the Monitoring Group.
It is mutually agreed that no safe haven or sanctuary or assistance to any armed group or elements will be provided by anyone. No new Armed Forces Post would be set up within two kms. of a designated camp.
There would be no offensive operations by the Security Forces against the NSCN and that the Security Forces would act in a manner as not to cause harassment/damage of loss of property or injury to the civilian population however, patrolling by the Security Forces would continue to prevent infiltration of militants and arms as hithertofore but patrolling within 1 Km of NSCN designated camps will be carried out with intimation to them. The designated camps will not be located in populated areas, and/or near Highways, SF posts. Protection of convoys and patrolling of roads would continue to be undertaken by the Security Forces.
For implementation of the ground rules it was agreed that modalities will be monitored by a group constituted for this purpose comprising of representatives of NSCN, NGOs and representatives nominated by the Government of India. However, it was also agreed that any accidental encounter or violation should not be allowed to jeopardise the peace process and the effect of any such incident should be localised through mutual consultations. All cases of violation of these ground rules would be referred to the Monitoring Groups, so that the reasons for violation are identified and steps to be taken to prevent such violation in future are suggested. Notwithstanding the above, the Security Forces will act in an impartial and unbiased manner against any group causing public disturbances or when there is imminent danger to public safety or peace.