The Indian Government and the Manipur government on Tuesday entered into a ‘Cessation of Operation’ agreement with the Zeliangrong United Front (ZUF), a Zeliangrong Naga insurgent group that had been active for more than a decade.
The agreement was signed by officials of the Union Home Ministry, the Manipur government and representatives of ZUF in the presence of Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh in New Delhi, a release stated.
Biren left Imphal on Tuesday by Indigo flight for New Delhi in time for the signing ceremony which has been in the works for quite some time. State chief secretary Rajesh Kumar signed the Cessation of Operation agreement on behalf of the Manipur government.
The release mentioned that ZUF representatives agreed to abjure violence and join the peaceful democratic process as established by law of the land. The agreement provides for rehabilitation and resettlement of the armed cadres, it stated.
A Joint Monitoring Group will be constituted to oversee enforcement of the agreed ground rules, it added.
Biren stated in a Facebook post that "it was another milestone towards peace and harmony. He expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for fulfilling the vision of 'Insurgency free and prosperous Northeast'."