‘Will not accept any provision affecting Manipur’s territory’
STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL, 29th Oct: While welcoming any effort to bring a solution to the Naga political issue, United Committee Manipur (UCM) secretary YK Dhiren Sunday said that people of Manipur will never accept any provision in the agreement made between Government of India and NSCN-IM that will affect the territorial integrity of Manipur.
Dhiren was speaking at a one-day discussion session on ‘Framework Agreement of NSCN-IM and Government of India’ organised by Manipur Peace and Integrity Council (MAPI Council) in association with Youth Development Organisation, Kongba Makha Nandeibam Leikai at Lainingthou Moriba community hall.
Dhiren said that UCM is happy to learn that the Centre is putting its efforts towards bringing a positive solution to the Naga political issue before conduct of the Nagaland assembly election. However, there are unconfirmed reports of forming a regional council as part of the agreement, which UCM will never accept considering the likely impact of the council on the territorial integrity of Manipur.
Even though the council will not affect the territorial integrity of the state in the initial stage, it will pave the way for disintegrating the state as it will entrust the council for all developmental works in Naga inhabited areas instead of the state government. If this situation ever developed, the trust and bond between the different communities of the state will be lost gradually and eventually resulted in bifurcation, he said while calling upon the people to remain vigilant of the progress of the peace talks.
On the other hand, the government should take up initiatives to bring together the different communities without any biasness.
Even though an all political party meeting was held and took resolutions, it seems to be driven by public demand, he observed while urging the government to give up the habit of taking up initiatives only after hue and cry from the public.
CSOs of the state have already submitted a memorandum containing six different points to interlocutor of Central government in the Naga peace process RN Ravi. The memorandum contains demands to uphold the territorial integrity of Manipur; respect the history of Manipur and refrain from facilitating administration based on ethnicity, Dhiren pointed out.
At the same time, the Centre should not repeat the Bangkok Declaration, which resulted in the June 18 public uprising, he asserted.
Stating that Manipur has been facing the impacts of Naga peace talks for long, Dhiren demanded the Centre to disclose the contents of the framework agreement.
Maintaining that the people of Manipur are not against the peace talks and Framework Agreement of NSCN-IM and Government of India, MAPI Council president N Bimol, however, said, they are suspicious of the contents of the agreement since the Centre is refusing to disclose them despite filing PIL.
However, partial information about the contents in the agreement are getting leaked from time to time through unconfirmed sources. One such unconfirmed report suggested that the agreement does not affect the territory of the neighbouring states but there are possibilities of regional council dividing the administration through ethnic line, which is a serious threat to the fabric of integrity of the state, he added.
Ucheckon Nongchup GP pradhan K Munindro, Ucheckon Nongchup GP ward member Moirangthem ongbi Bimola, YDO president Huidrom Joy and Nongpok Leingak Apunba Nupi Lup president Yumlembam ongbi Mema Leima attended the discussion session as presidium members.