Indo-Naga peace accord should not affect territorial integrity of Manipur, UCM reminds Legislators; asks them to make their stand clear

Indo-Naga peace accord should not affect territorial integrity of Manipur, UCM reminds Legislators; asks them to make their stand clear

TMB Report

IMPHAL: The United Committee Manipur has asked the elected representatives to make up their decision regarding the Indo-Naga Peace talk by September.

In a statement, UCM while quoting a Gauhati based media as saying that the PMO had decided to conclude the decades long peace talks with NSCN-IM and NNPG in Nagaland by September and entrusted Interlocutor RN Ravi to work out the date and place for signing the final peace accord, stated people of the state should not take such matter lightly. UCM has been monitoring the situation closely to defend the integrity of the state.

Interlocutor RN Ravi before leaving for the national capital on Monday confirmed reporters that he was heading to New Delhi to attend the Peace talk. And there is also a report about some Manipur based Naga CSO leaders moving to New Delhi in connection with the peace talks. NSCN (IM) and India govt, having left the two contentious issues separate Naga flag and Constitution for negotiations after signing of the accord, are likely to sign the final accord based on some already agreed terms and conditions, the media reported. If the report is true, the people and the Government of the state should keep the following points in mind, the UCM said.

As a whole, the terms and conditions agreed between the Government of India and NNPG and NSCN (IM) in two consecutive talks are not known to the people except for the signatories. The recent demand of the Nagaland based Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) to disclose the content of the agreement is clear evidence of it, the committee said.

The Committee also noted that the Central Government has not informed the people and the state Government regarding the details of the Peace talks till date, except for the repeated verbal assurance that integrity of the state would not be disturbed.

During the 23 year old journey of the peace talk, the state has witnessed various mass agitations and casualties. People of the state need to study the details of the official documents and Parliamentary Standing Committee (PSC) 2018 prepared by RN Ravi which was submitted to the Parliament, it stated.

Integration of Nagas to form Southern Nagaland, Supra State, Pan Naga Cultural Body, extension of Article 371(A) to Manipur Naga inhabited areas and setting up of Naga Autonomous Territorial Council in Manipur are among the key demands of the NSCN-IM. There were incidents where GOI showed its willingness to grant such utopian demand of the Naga rebel outfit, the UCM maintained while adding that the people of the state have been rejecting such utopian demands of the NSCN-IM for the last 23 years. Stand of the people of the state was made clear to the Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy during a meeting on November 25, 2019 at New Delhi, it noted.

The public convention held on September 19, 2019 at Lamyanba Shanglen unanimously resolved that the Naga Peace Accord should not disturb the unity and Territorial Integrity under any condition, the UCM reminded.

Despite the assurance of the Centre not to disturb the boundary of the NE states including Manipur, Government should consult the people and the state Government before taking any decision, the committee stated adding that the people of the state reject the demand of NSCN-IM i.e integration of all Naga inhabited areas, Pan Naga Cultural Province/Territorial Council or any sort of Financial Autonomy, communal Administrative.

People of the state will take their own future course of action to decide their own destiny if the GOI takes decisions inimical to the aspirations of the people, UCM said.

People should not remain idle at home when the state stands at a crucial juncture, UCM called for a collective fight against the evil design to disintegrate the state.

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