DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 12 (MExN): The Khango Konyak led NSCN (K) today issued a statement expressing its willingness to resume the previously abrogated ceasefire and pursue the Naga political issue with the Government of India.

A press note from the MIP of the Khango led NSCN (K) informed that this is in response to the “appeal of the Government of India, the state government and the Naga people.”

It said that the Government of India has “through the NGBF and NMA responded positively stating that GoI is more than happy to have NSCN return to peace since it is the NSCN who unilaterally walked out of ceasefire, whereas the Government of India still upholds the cease fire agreement that was signed between the NSCN and GoI in the year 2001.”

It further appreciated the NGBF, NMA, ENPO, Yimchunger Tribal leaders, Khiamniungan tribal leaders, Chang tribal leaders, Sangtam Tribal leaders, Konyak Union, Sumi Hoho, Naga Hoho, NSF, NTC and CNTC etc “for their enthusiasm for peace and unflinching support and solidarity to NSCN/GPRN at this very hour.”

The MIP meanwhile expressed concern that “certain sections of the Nagas either out of ignorance or vested interest seem to be misinterpreting the ongoing peace initiative between the NSCN and GoI being mediated by various Naga frontal organizations including the NMA and NGBF.”

It said this was “extremely biased and detrimental to peace that certain individual leaders and groups have been found to be trying to legitimize the illegal and unconstitutional impeachment” of Khango Konyak.

It further said that giving “recognition to NCA group and undermining the legitimate NSCN/GPRN led by Khango Konyak would be very dangerous and damaging to the Naga political issue.”

The MIP said that it is not the Government of India but “Nagas ourselves who are responsible for creating more confusions and divisions within the Naga political groups.” It further cautioned that “any unwanted fallout would solely be borne by vested Naga leaders who since the unfortunate crisis within the NSCN have been trying to impose their twisted interests and obstruct the peace efforts between the GoI and NSCN.”

It lamented that rather than strengthening the peace efforts, some vested sections are desperately trying to “muddy the waters and fish in troubled water, the filthy role of some prominent NGO’s leaders are already in the fore, they shall be exposed and held responsible should any untoward situation occur.”

The MIP claimed that the Yonghong (Yung Aung led NSCN (K) has “forfeited Naga’s aspirations and rights by signing the NCA and agreeing to accept Myanmar Union.”

It further asked the business community, government departments and the Naga public to “remain vigilant of the NCA group and immediately stop paying any taxes or succumb to their desperate empty threat and intimidation.”

“The NSCN/GPRN should not be blamed in the event of any Naga found conniving with NCA group and consequently apprehended by NIA and other security agencies,” it added.

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