Kohima: Naga militant outfit Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K) led by Khango Konyak has expressed its willingness to resume peace talks with the central government.
Issuing a statement on Monday, the banned outfit said the decision was taken following appeal from the Naga people and the state government. It was also initiating the peace process following an “appeal from the government of India”, the statement added.
The decision by the Khango faction is being seen as a new hope to end the ongoing impasse in Nagaland.
Issuing their willingness to resume the abrogated ceasefire, from which the militant outfit withdrew in 2015, the NSCN-K said that the Indian government was more than happy to have NSCN return to the peace table.
The government’s interest was reportedly informed through the Naga Mother’s Association (NMA) and the Nagaland Gaon Burah Federation (NGBF).
The statement comes over two weeks after the ‘impeached’ ‘chairman’ of the NSCN-K visited his native village in Tobu sub-division in Mon district of Nagaland where he addressed a huge gathering of people, including civil society organisations.
The group reportedly stated that “confusions and divisions” within the political outfits were created by some Naga NGOs and not the “government of India”.
The statement further said 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” and that “the filthy role of some prominent NGO leaders are already in the fore, they shall be exposed and held responsible should any untoward situation occur”.
Cautioning "any individual, group or organisation found in espousing the NCA group’s cause in West Nagaland shall be prosecuted as criminals, anti-peace and anti-Naga, who no longer have the credibility to talk about the Naga issue".