Talks to form Kuki territorial council begins: Khaling

IMPHAL,17th Oct: United Minority Liberation Army (UMLA) commander-in-chief K Khaling has disclosed that dialogue with government for formation of a territorial council for the Kukis in Manipur had begun. Jurisdiction of the yet to be formed territorial council include Kuki populated areas in Chandel, Churachandpur and Kangpokpi districts and Chasad area of Ukhrul district, K Khaling said while addressing cadres at the Harmon designated camp of UMLA located at Chehlep on the occasion of outfit’s 13th Raising Day.

Formation of the territorial council will help in improving socio-political conditions of Kukis in all aspects apart from helping the community in developing at par with other major communities, he said.
According to Khaling, the outfit was established in 2006 by five Kuki minority groups settled in Chandel district to protect identity, culture and land of the Kuki community. After working for interest of smaller Kuki groups, the outfit joined the Kuki National Organisation (KNO) and signed the Suspension of Operation (SoO) with the government.

Since its formation, UMLA has been demanding a separate state for the Kukis and talks with government had begun on formation of a territorial council for the Kukis, the chief disclosed. While stating that the outfit will never accept the Framework Agreement signed between the NSCN (IM) and Government of India, Khaling maintained that the agreement should not distort the boundary of Manipur and demands of the NSCN (IM) should not infringe upon interest and land belonging to the Kukis. He also said that most of the villages in Chandel district are having Khullakpa as village head and NSCN (IM) should not intervene on such age old tradition.

Khaling maintained that UMLA will confront any attempt to suppress or uproot minorities and work towards bringing unity and cordial relations among indigenous communities inhabiting in the North East region. The celebration function was also attended by Pakan Revolutionary Army chairman W Jacky as chief guest, KNO public relations secretary Denis as guest of honour and KNO general headquarters chief commissioner Pakhel Zou as president. Leaders and Khullakpa of different villages also attended the function.

A gun salute and floral tributes to martyrs preceded the celebration marked with presentation of cultural items by different ethnic groups.

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