Naga rebel leader Isak Chishi Swu dies

Jun 29, 2016 10:07 IST

nagaNaga rebel leader Isak Chishi Swu died on 28 June 2016 following a prolonged illness at Fortis hospital in Vasant Kunj, Delhi. He was 87.

He was the co-founder and chairman of Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah) (NSCN-IM).

About Isak Chishi Swu
• Swu, who belonged to the Sumi tribe, hailed from Nagaland’s Zunheboto district.
• In the 1950s, Swu joined the Naga National Council (NNC) and served in various capacities in the organisation.
• Opposed to the Shillong Accord signed by the then NNC with the Centre, he formed the NSCN-IM in 1980.
• Swu played a significant role in bringing out the Framework Agreement for Naga peace.

Isak Chishi Swu's death has brought the focus back on the status of the Naga peace accord negotiations that are going on since the signing of a framework agreement between the Union Government and the NSCN-IM in August 2015.

The signing of the pact came after over 80 rounds of negotiations that spanned 16 years with first breakthrough in 1997 when the ceasefire agreement was sealed.

The National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isaac-Muivah) is the biggest Naga rebel group which has been maintaining the ceasefire.

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