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Manipur: Kuki negotiations drag on Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management The Manipur State Government on June 9, 2015, agreed to extend the Suspension of Operations (SoO) with the United People's Front (UPF), an umbrella organisation of eight Kuki / Zomi militant groups, for another year till June 8, 2016. The talks with the rebel conglomerate were also upgraded to "political" from the earlier 'official' level. Later, former Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga, who was present in New Delhi and played a significant role during the whole process, stated on June 14, 2015, that delays in peace talks between the Centre and militant groups was harming mutual trust between the two sides. Zoramthanga argued, "Years have passed after signing SoO earlier, but without any formal parleys," adding that the groups had refused to sign the SoO over the preceding nine months [the previous agreement lapsed on August 21, 2014] creating an explosive situation in the North East. Zoramthanga further announced that, "The government has agreed to a political settlement with the members of eight underground groups." Zoramthanga has been facilitating contacts between the rebels and Government, and concedes, "I am neither an interlocutor nor an official mediator. My role was to build mutual trust between the Government and the groups. I just helped both the sides take part in the meeting." 30-Jun-2015
Political Breakthrough Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management In a major breakthrough, paving the way for promulgating a new Constitution, four major political parties - the Nepali Congress (NC), Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML), Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (UCPN-M) and Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Loktantrik (MJF-L) - signed a 16-point agreement on June 8, 2015. The agreement was signed by the NC President and Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, CPN-UML Chairman K.P. Oli, UCPN-M Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal aka Prachanda and MJF-L Chairman Bijay Kumar Gachhadar. 15-Jun-2015
Tripura: Final Consolidation Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management The Tripura Government on May 27, 2015, announced its recommendation to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (UMHA) to issue a notification for the withdrawal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), 1958, and the Disturbed Areas Act (DAA), 1967, from the State. The decision followed a go ahead from security agencies in the State. 01-Jun-2015
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