UCM alerts people on outcome of Naga talks
IMPHAL, 12th Oct: Not ruling out the possibility of the Centre making arrangements like Naga Territorial Council, Sixth Schedule and ethnic administration with the acceleration of the peace talks with the NSCN-IM, United Committee Manipur (UCM) president Sunil Karam has called upon the people of the state to remain on high alert to joint face any unprecedented outcomes that may affect the integrity and unity of Manipur and its people.
Addressing a press conference at UCM office, Lamphelpat here on Saturday, Sunil said that Government of India and NSCN-IM had a two-day long talks recently, which is believed to be the final round of talks and the Centre is highly likely to make arrangements like Naga territorial council, Sixth Schedule or ethnic administrations in order to bring settlement to the Naga issue. Such outcome will severely affect the integrity and unity of the state, he said while urging all to prepare to fight against such debilitating settlements.
UCM and people of the state have been raising their voices against any settlements, which may affect the state and its integrity and UCM will fight tooth and nail if Centre forces its way with such settlements which is against the aspiration of the state, he said. Since the beginning, UCM has been demanding the Centre to consult the stakeholders in the state before coming to a conclusion and Centre should know that people of the state will not accept any imposition of its will to the state without the consent of its people, he said.
He then urged the people of different communities in the state to raise their demands to the state government before going to the Centre and also demanded the MLAs in the state as well as the state government to make public their stand in this regard as the peace talk is in its final stage and it might come to conclusion at any time.
UCM general secretary Khuraijam Athouba recalled that leaders of several CSOs including UCM met Prime Minister and Union Home Minister in the national capital on December 15, 2017 and made their stand clear to the Union leaders that they will not accept any settlement or arrangement which might affect the territory and integrity of the state. The Union leaders also promised to uphold the interest of the state while assuring to consult stakeholders of the state before finalising the settlement.
Any settlement outside this understanding will result in revisiting and reviewing the political relation between India and Manipur right from the beginning, he said. UCM will not accept any settlement of a particular community without the consent of the state government, he added.