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No separate demand from us for now — Niki Sumi

By Purnungba Longkumer Updated: Sep 21, 2021 12:07 am
Niki Sumi along with Kilonser, MIP and Supervisor, Ceasefire Supervisory Board, Nikato Pilot; and Kilonser, CFSB Member, Abel Zingrü Thuer at Hotel Saramati in Dimapur, on Monday. (EM Images)

Our Reporter
Dimapur, Sep. 20 (EMN):
The Niki Sumi-led NSCN (K) or the NSCN/GPRN, which signed a one-year ceasefire with the government of India recently, said that it would not issue any separate demand for now as ‘it would create another problem’.

However, the group said that it would first hear out people’s opinion on the Framework Agreement signed by NSCM (IM) and the Agreed Position by the Working Committee of Naga National Political Groups (WC NNPG).

It stated that only if the Naga people observe any shortcomings in the agreements would it add demands based on the people’s voice and achieve one inclusive solution.

The President of NSCN/GPRN, Gen. (Retd) Niki Sumi interacted with journalists at Hotel Saramati in Dimapur, on Monday.

During the interaction, Sumi shared NSCN/GPRN’s views on Naga political issues, the best way for a solution and how the three entities — NSCM (IM), WC NNPG and NSCN/GPRN — together can achieve final settlement.

He lamented the existence of many Naga factions.

While maintaining that the NSCN/GPRN would not join any particular group, he said things would be fine if all the three entities work together. He added that all the Naga political groups (NPGs) should seat together around one table to achieve the protracted solution.

When ask about his view on the Myanmar Nagas if a solution is arrived at, Sumi said that they can raise issues about southern, northern or western Nagas as it is within the Indian union but ‘the eastern Nagas that fall under Myanmar becomes an international issue’.

On this, he said Naga leaders from both political groups and civil societies must unit and look into ways to accommodate eastern Nagas of Myanmar.

When asked about the Naga flag and constitution, Sumi said the group will not create any destructive policy but stand the decision of the Naga people and Naga political groups.

He further said that they would listen to what the people have to say. Maintaining that Naga solution is in the hands of the people, he urged all frontal organisations to unite and work towards achieving the solution.

On AK Mishra spearheading the talks after it hit a deadlock following the fallout of RN Ravi and the NSCN (IM), Sumi opined that the new interlocutor will take the peace talk forward based on ‘inclusive one solution’ as the government of India has been saying.

When queried if NSCN/GPRN will meet Mishra during his visit to Nagaland, he said that even though a green signal has been shown to meet him in the state, some leaders from the group might meet him in Delhi instead.

Sumi informed that at the moment, NSCN/GPRN’s designated camp is located at Suruhuto but it will be expanded after considering the workforce, and a couple of more camps could be provided.

When asked about the opposition-less government in Nagaland, he said it’s good that the government has done so for the sake of Naga political issue. However, he said that it would have been better if the state Assembly is completely dissolved while the Naga political groups unite as one and start a dialogue with the government of India.

By Purnungba Longkumer Updated: Sep 21, 2021 12:07:06 am