Yung Aung: New chairman of NSCN(K)

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By: Pradeep Pareek

Dimapur, Aug 18: Change of guard is reported in the NSCN-K, with forty five year old Yung Aung, nephew of late SS Khaplang taking over as its ‘acting chairman’ after a meeting held at its Myanmar based headquarters on Friday passed a resolution.

45 years old Aung, studied in Manipur till his graduation and is known to be an expert in martial arts.

After the death of Khaplang, a Hemi Naga from Myanmar, in June last year leadership of the organisation was passed on to Khango Konyak, a Naga from India. This gave Indian government hopes of breakthrough with the outfit, the only Naga outfit which is outside the peace process, as it tries to work out an all-inclusive solution to the Naga political problem.

Indian government believed that it would always be easier to talk to the Indian origin leaders of NSCN-K, which abrogated the ceasefire with the Indian government in 2015, than that of Myanmar.

Contradictory reports emerged with regard to the change of guard as per a media report; the NSCN-K impeached its chairman Lt. Gen. (retired) Khango Konyak, who took over as chairman after the death of Khaplang, a Hemi Naga, in June 2017. The news published on Friday quoted a statement reportedly issued by the NSCN-K stating that it was unanimously resolved to impeach Khango “to save the party from further breakdown and confusion.”

It was also stated that Konyak was given safe passage and that he left the headquarters based in Sagaing region of Myanmar along with some of his loyalists.

NSCN-K that has a ceasefire agreement with Myanmar government since April 2012 and has refrained from clashes with Myanmarese forces since 2000 wants an agreement with the Myanmar government to cover ethnic Nagas living in India, the outfit believe that both belong to one Naga territory despite the international border dividing them.

Myanmerse government has made it clear that it would not allow NSCN-K to sign the national peace agreement if it does not give up its demand for separation.

The NSCN-K impeachment statement said that Khango was “found guilty of grabbing absolute control of powers and functions without collective leadership, non-distribution of powers and functions exposing a one-man-government policy, which was completely in violation of the party’s constitution and discipline.”

Another source said that Konyak was never impeached and rather it was a collective decision to effect a change of guard since Konyak was unwell for sometime.

 

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