NSCN (IM)-GoI peace talks put state in jeopardy: UCM
IMPHAL, 28th Sep: Recalling the merger of several organisations with the sole objective of protecting the territorial integrity of Manipur from various potential threats, United Committee Manipur (UCM) president Sunil Karam has stated that integrity of the state has been put at stake ever since the signing of the vexed peace talks between NSCN (IM) and Government of India in 1997 of which final solution is impending.
He made the statement during the observance of Manipur Integrity and Solidarity Day jointly organised by Apunba Manipur Kanba Ima Lup (AMKIL) and National Identity Protection Council (NIPCO) at Lamyanba Shanglen, Palace Compound here on Saturday.
Addressing the gathering, Sunil reminded that UCM had organised historic rallies and submitted memorandums to the state government as well as to the central government to caution both against breaching of collective integrity of the state and the June 18 incident is a testimony of the strong attachment of the people towards their land.
He stated that frontal organisations of the state have also submitted memorandums to both the state and central governments against alteration of boundary of Manipur, disintegration of land and giving autonomy just to appease a particular group.
Sunil alleged that the central government has been scheming to suppress the people of the north east states, saying it is clearly palpable from the intention of the centre to implement the disputed Citizenship Amendment Bill in the region while referring to the abrogation of Article 370 from Jammu & Kashmir recently.
He stated that people of the state are still apprehensive over the contentious Framework Agreement signed between NSCN (IM) and Government of India in August 2015 to facilitate the bid to bring the final solution to the peace talks through which the outfit has been demanding a separate flag and a separate constitution.
Time has come for the people of the state to take a decisive stand on precautionary measures to be taken up to ensure that the integrity of Manipur is not affected by the agreement as the centre is determined to bring the final solution within short notice, he asserted.
Sunil also appealed to the representatives of civil society organisations and intellectuals to apprise interlocutor RN Ravi who is now serving as the Governor of Nagaland about the collective pledge of the people against any threat to integrity of the state while meeting the officials.
If any person who will be meeting the interlocutor give statements against the six-point memorandum submitted by CSOs with regard to inching towards the final solution of Framework Agreement then the particular individual should take sole responsibility for disintegration of the state, he cautioned.
Asking the state government not to remain a mute spectator to the Naga peace accord as it poses a serious threat to the integrity of Manipur, he demanded the central government to reveal the details of the Framework Agreement now as its final solution is set to be brought soon. Taking part in the function, NIP president Th Manihar informed that the observance was organised in remembrance of the massive rally taken out on September 28, 2000 against the collateral effects to be caused by the peace talks between NSCN (IM) and GoI signed on July 5, 1997.
He strongly decried the recent statement given by NSCN (IM) leader Muivah in a local TV channel that no one should interfere in the demand of the outfit for having a separate flag and a separate constitution for Nagas. AMKIL president Ph Sakhi Leima pledged that she would give up her life if the need arises for safeguard the territorial integrity of the state.
Komrem Union president L Khupler Kom; Aimol Tribal Union president RT Akhel Aimol; Haomi Research Guild chairman Robin Singlai; Lamlanglupi Executive Committee advisor Yuhlung Maipak Chothe; Kuki Inpi Imphal Zone president Mangcha Haokip; Kabui Mother Association president Atompui Kamei; Thangal Art & Culture Union member Stephen Anth; social activists Rengenson Thanga and NM Yaima were also present as presidium members.