Dated Tahamzam, 4 December, 2012
Having declared the severance of political ties with Government of Manipur(GoM), the Nagas in Manipur under the aegis of the United Naga Council(UNC) have embarked upon the democratic process of dialogue on the demand for an Alternative Arrangement outside the GoM, pending settlement of the Indo-Naga issue. The 4th round of tripartite talk of the Government of India(GoI), GoM and the UNC was held at Delhi on the 31st August, 2012, wherein the UNC has submitted the postulates of the demand of Alternative Arrangement and the GoI has assured to take forward the dialogue process with the next round of talk at an early date and at a venue in the hill areas of the present State of Manipur.
At the higher level of negotiation on the larger Indo-Naga issue, much progress is being made and with blessing of the Almighty God a settlement based on the “unique history and situation of the Nagas” will be arrived at within a very short time.
At this critical juncture, there is increasing need for engagement on various fronts and to build up the preparedness of our people for waging peace both within and without. Therefore we appeal to the Nagas in Manipur for continued prayer support and also material contributions towards meeting requirements for adequate response to emerging situations. As already circulated to the Churches we are also reaching out to the general public through the media for observation of a special prayer service/mass and also a special offering, (be it in material or cash) on Saturday, the 8th December 2012( Sabbath) or on Sunday, the 9th December, 2012 (as per the respective denomination’s observation) for the success of the next round of tripartite talk on Alternative Arrangement and for an early and honourable settlement of the Indo-Naga issue. The offering collections may be submitted to the UNC through the respective Tribe’s Church Associations /Organisation.
United Naga Council