Imphal, Dec 27:
The NSCN group led by Niki Sumi which had announced to revive the ceasefire abrogated by then leadership of the NSCN-K today lambasted media reports which stated that they are heading for surrender.
In a statement issued today, the Niki Sumi led NSCN, which had defected from the NSCN-K led by Yung Aung, said that the National News Channel “Republic TV is airing unfounded and unauthenticated information by reporting that NSCN/GPRN led by gen. (Retd.) Niki Sumi is heading for surrender.”
“This is to affirm to one and all that we stand strong with our aspiration and commitment for our Naga political rights till the time we achieve it.
Imphal Times had reported that the Niki Sumi Group of NSCN-IM is all set to join the peace process being underway between the government of India and the Naga Political group. This paper also reported that Niki Sumi had met the Indian authority on Dec. 19.
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The statement by the Niki Sumi group of NSCN said that on the invitation from the Government of India to join the peace process, NSCN/GPRN established contact with Government of India in order to revive the ceasefire and that should not be misconstrued in any way as a sign of surrender of giving up Naga political rights.
The report about the NSCN surrendering outrage the Niki Sumi group and condemn the report saying that it was false.
Mention may be made that the NSCN-K under the leadership of SS Khaplang had abrogated the ceasefire in 2015. Later after the death of SS Khaplang, the NSCN-K broke into two groups one led by Chairman Yung Aung another led by Niki Sumi around June/July this year.
Even as the Niki Sumi group revive the ceasefire the group led by Chairman Yung Aung is still active and has said nothing on whether to join the peace deal or not.