Dimapur, October 24: The NSCN-K under Yung Aung has said it is okay if ousted chairman Khango Konyak’s group holds peace talks or enter into negotiations with any governments or organizations.
“NSCN-K under the leadership of Yung Aung do not have any problems whatsoever with the Khango group holding peace talks or entering into negotiations with any Governments or organizations,” said a statement issued by the group’s Deputy Commander-in-Chief, NSCN (K), Lt. Gen. Niki Sumi.
The NSCN-K (Yung Aung) statement comes against the backdrop of media reports that Khango Konyak’s group of the NSCN-K is likely to enter formal peace talks with Government of India.
The statement, however, said Khango’s group should refrain from using the banner and nomenclature of NSCN-K as this would invite confusion in the minds of the Nagas.
Claiming that circumstances necessitated the impeachment of Khango Konyak as chairman of NSCN-K and appointment of Yung Aung as the new chairman of the organization, Niki Sumi lamented that even after impeachment and providing safe passage for the impeached chairman, “Khango Konyak and his handful of supporters are claiming to be NSCN-K.”
“How can an impeached chairman still claim the chair from which he was unceremoniously removed,” he asked.
Lt. Gen. Niki Sumi also appealed to Nagas not to be swayed by the developments taking place in the NSCN (K) in the wake of the impeachment of former chairman, NSCN (K), Khango Konyak and to have faith in the NSCN (K) leadership led by new chairman Yung Aung.
“It is my appeal to the Nagas not to be swayed by developments taking place in the ousted Khango group but to have faith in the NSCN-K leadership,” he said.
Niki Sumi stated that the NSCN-K has been actively pursuing the issue of Naga sovereignty since its formation so as to enable “the flag of free Naga nation fly high”. Towards this end, he said the NSCN-K has been actively engaged in armed conflicts with both India and Myanmar occupational forces.
“The NSCN-K has been this way even today as Nagas are very well aware of,” he added.
(Page News Service)