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NPF welcomes Niki group’s return to ceasefire

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DIMAPUR, JANUARY 26: Calling it ‘the right decision at the right time,’ the Naga People’s Front (NPF) Legislature Party has welcomed the decision of Niki Sumi’s group of the NSCN-K to revive the abrogated ceasefire agreement with the Government of India.

In a press release issued on Tuesday, the party stated that it has always desired all Naga Political Groups to come together and join the dialogue for one solution and one agreement.
“We have put in all effort to bring every Naga Nationalist Group on board so that no one is left out when the final moment arrives. After the abrogation of the Ceasefire Agreement in 2015 by the NSCN-K, the then Chief Minister, TR Zeliang during DAN-III had written to the Collective Leadership of the NSCN-K requesting the latter to come back and resume Ceasefire with the Government of India.
“In 2016, the DAN-III Government sent a 6-member team comprising Naga Hoho and ENPO to meet SS Khaplang, (then) Chairman of the NSCN-K after obtaining requisite clearance from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. The joint team of Naga Hoho and ENPO undertook assignment to Myanmar from January 24, 2016 till February 2, 2016. While in Myanmar, the joint team called on the 5 Naga MPs of Myanmar on January 26 2016; Myanmar Union Minister, U Aungmin on January 27, 2016; and Emissary of the Ceasefire Monitoring Group, NSCN-K at Mandalay, Kyaw Win Swe on January 31, 2016,” it stated.
Further, a formal letter signed by 8 representatives and addressed to SS Khaplang was submitted to the Emissary, Kyaw Win Swe appealing for review and resumption of ceasefire with the Government of India, the party informed.
The joint team also met Vipin Sharma, the Consul at the Consulate General of India, Myanmar and highlighted before him the prevailing state of affairs, it went on to state, adding that this was all initiated with the true spirit of inclusiveness.
“Today, our long revered aspiration has come true and it is firmly believed that Government of India will not miss this opportunity but come up with positive approach to settle the long protracted Naga political issue at the earliest date possible,” it stated.
(Page News Service)