DIMAPUR, JANUARY 25: The Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA) has welcomed the decision of Niki Sumi-led NSCN-K to have a ceasefire with the Government of India and return to peaceful dialogue.
A press release from the NMA on Monday stated that its peace team had reached out several times to the group, when they were in Myanmar, over the years for cessation of hostilities and come forward for peaceful negotiations.
“We believe the return of Gen. Niki Sumi will strengthen the peace process. It would not have been an easy decision but this will also lighten the burden of the family and children that has been harassed on many occasions by government agencies. We earnestly appeal to the Government of India to withdraw the bounty and ban for bringing an enduring peace and a fruitful negotiation,” it stated.
The association maintained that it has performed as dedicated peacemakers and peace builders for in Naga areas and reached out to all Naga groups.
It, therefore, questioned the statement of the NNPGs in December 2020, branding civil society organisations, including the NMA, as being tutored by the NSCN (IM).
“Naga women have been courageous voices for decades to stand up and question incidents of violence as well as meet all NPGs in efforts of an inclusive peace. Generations of Naga women have contributed to nation building for the Naga cause. We have a clear stand on Naga rights and history and the need for peace has been an integral part of the NMA initiatives.
“Without respect for women’s contribution towards bringing peace, what kind of nation are we going to have? The Naga nation belongs to all of us and as Nagas by blood, we have risked our lives for years, searching for peace amongst our armed brothers as well as reaching out to the highest Indian authorities to bring an inclusive peace,” it asserted.
It prayed that the new year would usher in goodwill and peace among all those who profess and yearn for true peace. (Page News Service)