STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL, 24th Dec:
Union Home Minister Rajnath Saturday assured that there will not be a final agreement on the Naga problem without the consent of Manipur and its people.
According to the CSO delegation in the national capital, the union home minister gave the assurance to the delegation, who met him in his official residence in Delhi on Saturday.
Assuring that there is no question of compromising on the territory of Manipur in resolving the Naga issue, Rajnath said that the matter will be consulted with all stakeholders before reaching any final agreement.
The CSOs delegation, while reminding about the June 18 uprising, told the union home minister that any attempt or clause to affect the age old territory and interest of Manipur will not be accepted by the people of the state.
They also informed Rajnath that Manipur will not raise objection on any matters related with the agreement if they are confined within the state of Nagaland. However, people of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur will oppose any move affecting their territories, the delegation cautioned. The leaders of various civil society organisations (CSOs) who are presently in New Delhi to meet Central leaders over non-disclosure of contents of the framework agreement signed between NSCN-IM and government of India also prevailed upon BJP national president Amit Shah not to act with favouritism while trying to bring about a peaceful solution to the Indo-Naga peace talk.
The CSO leaders of the state led by UCM president Elangbam Johnson, AMUCO president Ph Deban Sharma and CCSK vice president Jeetendra Ningomba met the BJP national president at about 8 pm on Friday and discussed issues surrounding the framework agreement.
During the meeting, the CSO leaders made it clear to Amit Shah that the framework agreement signed between NSCN-IM and government of India should not infringe upon the territorial integrity of Manipur nor should work against the interest of the state. They also told him that making the people aware of the facts and figures of the framework agreement would be the only solution to a peaceful agreement.
They also informed the BJP chief that India should pay respect to the age old political and historical identity of Manipur and try to bring about the much awaited solution to the Indo-Naga peace talk with due respect to it, failing which there can never be viable solution to any problem.
The visiting CSO leaders also conveyed apprehension over eruption of unwanted incidents which could be more serious than the June 18 incident of 2011 if the government of India takes a one sided decision and indulge in favouritism without consulting the government of Manipur and its people and that the Central government should be held responsible for those unwanted incidents. “The BJP central leaders should never forget the June 18 incident wherein 18 innocent people lost their lives while trying to save the territorial integrity of Manipur which was shaken by the decision made by LK Advani when he extended the ceasefire agreement with NSCN-IM ‘without territorial limits.”
They also informed the national BJP president not to bring out a final draft of the framework agreement if at all the agreement infringes upon the territorial integrity of Assam, Manipur and Nagaland and if the governments and their people are not taken into account.
After giving a patient hearing of the matter raised by the CSO leaders, BJP president Amit Shah informed them that the matter would be discussed thoroughly with the Prime Minister, Home Minister and other ministers concerned.
The CSO leaders also had a meeting with the ministry of home affairs' secretary Rajiv Gaubay on Friday during which the latter informed the leaders that no decision which could disturb the interest of Manipur would be taken.