Haflong: Responding to the call for peace by Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, the Dimasa National Liberation Army (DNLA) has declared a "Unilateral Ceasefire" for six months as a gesture of goodwill. The DNLA has expressed their interest to indulge in peace talks with the state and the central government.
This declaration was made in a press release dated September 7, 2021, issued by the publicity secretary of the Dimasa National Liberation Army, Mungsri Ringsmai Dimasa.
The press release states, "As a goodwill gesture and as a positive response to the call for Peace by Chief Minister of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma, we, the DNLA is hereby declaring "Unilateral Ceasefire" on September 7, 2021, for six months for creating an atmosphere for peace talks with the Govt. of Assam and Government of India…"
In April 2019, the DNLA was formed to fight for a sovereign 'Dimasa nation'. The members of the DNLA outfit have allegedly been trained by the Isak-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland, which has been engaged in talks with the Central government for the past many years.
It is to be noted that the declaration was made at a time when the Central government and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (K) Niki Faction entered into a 'Ceasefire Agreement'. The agreement came into effect on September 8 and will be valid for a period of one year. Over 200 cadres joined the peace process by surrendering 83 weapons.
The NSCN (IM) has signed a 'Framework Agreement' with the Central government while NSCN (NK), NSCN (R) and NSCN (K)-Khango have signed 'Ceasefire Agreements'.