Naga peace talks: Ruling government extends support to Niki Sumi
Kohima: Nagaland’s ruling government—the People's Democratic Alliance (PDA), on Saturday extended its support to Niki Sumi, president of a breakaway faction of the NSCN-K, who joined the ongoing peace process between the centre and the Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs).
“The PDA warmly welcomes the decision of the NSCN / GPRN led by Gen (Retd.) Niki Sumi, to join the ongoing peace process between the Government of India and the Naga National Political organizations,” a statement from PDA chairman Chingwang Konyak and PDA co-chairman Temjen Imna Along.
It added, “This speaks volumes of the commitment of the Naga leaders towards bringing a final solution to the Naga issue and their desire that peace prevails amongst the Nagas. The PDA continues to encourage all stakeholders to come together for our common cause and desire for peace, development and unity”.
As reported earlier, the NSCN/GPRN said that it had resolved to strengthen and support the peace process at a crucial juncture in the peace talks. Later, over 50 cadres of the Niki Sumi faction of the banned NSCN(K) came overground in Nagaland.
The ruling government also appealed to the Government of India and the negotiating parties to expedite the ongoing talks with the hope that the much “anticipated final settlement of the Indo-Naga political issue is realized in a honorable and inclusive manner in 2021”.
The PDA government also shared New Year greetings to the people of Nagaland. “Though 2020 was a difficult and challenging year for the world, but the support of the people of Nagaland has helped the Government of Nagaland in handling the pandemic successfully”. It reaffirmed its commitment towards serving the people of the State with dedication and steadfastness.