DIMAPUR, March 7 - A four-member team of Sumi Hoho, the apex organisation of Sumi Naga tribe of Nagaland, met NSCN-K chairman SS Khaplang and other leaders of the outfit at its headquarters at Taka in Myanmar on February 20.
Undertaking a nine-day �courtesy and goodwill� visit to NSCK-K Council Headquarters (CHQ) at Taka, from February 15-23, the Sumi Hoho team held several interactions and meetings with NSCN-K top leaders, both civil/central committee and military wings.
Khaplang expressed his gratitude to the team for being the first civil society organisation to visit the NSCN-K CHQ, Taka since its formation.
Recalling the role of S�mi community/leaders in the Naga revolutionary movement, Khaplang said the S�mi leaders� role and sacrifices are well recorded in Naga history and their involvement in the current Naga political struggle is vital and crucial.
�We refused meetings and visit of some NGOs/groups since their motives were just for vested interests and cheap publicity gimmicks,� he said and maintained that �Nagas do not need passports to visit our own God-gifted land.�
Dwelling on the relationship with other Myanmar rebel groups, he asserted that NSCN-K has always maintained cordial relationship with fellow rebels, the closest neighbour Kachins.
�Kachins and Nagas had lived like brothers since decades and the trend will continue without break,� said Khaplang. He also highlighted the contemporary political developments in eastern Naga areas. Commenting on the western Naga area (current Nagaland State), Khaplang lauded the efforts of the group�s deputy C-in-C �Gen� Niki S�mi for building a stronghold.
�NSCN (K) will never succumb to any external forces nor compromise the rights of the Nagas until the last breath�, he affirmed.
Khaplang also briefly deliberated on the United National Liberation Front of Western South-East Asia (UNLFW), which was formed last year under his leadership.
Meanwhile, the Sumi Hoho refuted reports that they were sent by certain agencies in Delhi and Nagaland Government.