The NSCN (K) President Gen. Retd Niki Sumi appealed to all to “heed to the call of the Nagas to give peace a chance”. He then asserted that he could not thank enough when it came to Nagas from all spheres and ages showing their overwhelming love and support to the common Naga cause.
In a press statement issued on Thursday, Niki Sumi said, “We have always derived fortitude and resilience through the trials and tribulations, with God’s mercy and the Naga People’s support.” Niki further stated that he believed that they owed an explanation to the people on the present circumstances surrounding the political stance of their party and government.
Making a fervent call to “profoundly introspect and recount our past” such as 16 Point Agreement 1960, 6 Round of Talks 1966, Shillong Accord 1975, and the NSCN split 1988, Niki contented that such fallouts were “due to miscommunication and misunderstanding about the Indian government’s open door policy for talks”.
According to Niki, sadly every agreement or political talk had ominously paved the way more bloodshed among Nagas, further weakening us and creating more division among Nagas. “Being mindful of the past, present and future consequences on Naga generations, we have opted despite some reservations to heed to the call of the Nagas to give a peace a chance,” stated Niki.
The NSCN (K) statement further stated that their decision “to give peace a chance” emanated from most of the Nagas’ appealing and yearning for peace which had been absent spanning across decades and generations.
“I, as a Naga, cannot unilaterally go against the wishes and aspirations of our people and consequent to our decision to give peace a chance; I might have hurt or let down the sentiments of a few which was never my intention,” said Niki, and added, “Therefore, I do request all to introspect on the wishes and aspirations of the Naga people to give peace a chance.”