In 1997, the NSCN (I-M) signed a ceasefire agreement with the government.  The agreement ensured that, although the government did not put pressure on counterinsurgency operations against the NSCN (I-M) team and its leaders, the rebels would not target the armed forces. The new ceasefire agreement and revised truce rules were signed by Garg and Newell Naga, Supervisor, and Michael Yeptho, Member, on behalf of NSCN/K-Khango. It was decided to extend the suspension of the enterprise agreement with NSCN/NK and NSCN/R for a further one year, with effect on 28 April this year until 27 April 2020, the Interior Ministry said. Indeed, on 25 May, the Indian army claimed to have destroyed an undated NSCN (IM) camp in Manipur. « It is clear that the NSCN (IM) is not taking the ceasefire agreement seriously as it continues to target innocent villagers and civilians and is trying to extend its reach beyond the Taken Note of Camps in Manipur, » the army said in a press release announcing the developments. The outfit says it has retained the essence of this agreement in letter and spirit, wherever the Naga army operates. In 2015, with the Narendra Modi government firmly in power and Prime Minister Modi insisting on a quick solution to the conflict, a framework agreement was signed, which laid the groundwork for the ongoing peace talks. According to the agreements, « the ceasefire is subject to compliance with the rules of the truce agreed and signed by both sides » and that the basic rules of the ceasefire will be reviewed and mutually amended, with the participation of both sides. Brigadier Sushil Kumar Sharma, who was also part of the army`s 57 mountain division and is currently stationed at the Central Reserve Police Force in Manipur, said the government`s best bet was to soon seal Naga peace talks. « In my opinion, the first step is to speed up the peace process, then dismantle the camps and rehabilitate the cadres, » said Sharma, author of The Complexity Called Manipur; Roots, perceptions and reality. « The government should be clear – if there is no ceasefire, we want visible measures and manipur must be disinfected, » Athouba said.
« And if that`s the case, it means the government has lied to us for 18 years. That is simply not acceptable to us. 18 people died, our organization was born out of this movement. Wherever they are (the NSCN), we respect a ceasefire, including abroad… Yes, that`s for sure. It covers Delhi and even Paris… After all, it is not that they kill each other and discuss peace in another area in a given region. What we need is an atmosphere conducive to discussion… In August 2020, the National Socialist Council of Nagaland published copies of the Confidential Framework Agreement (FA). The Naga groups insisted on changing interlocutors R. N. Ravi. and the publication of copies of the agreement was the result of a series of events from that request.   In October 2020, the current head of NSCN-IM Thuingaleng Muivah expressed strong reservations about further approval in a 55-minute interview with Karan Thapar.  But in the face of such a settlement that threatened to jeopardize the peace process itself – the NSCN (IM) claimed that its cadres were being attacked and killed by security forces in other areas – the next release under the leadership of Atal Bihari Vajpayee changed the atmosphere.