UCM welcomes fresh initiative on NSCN (IM) peace talk


MPHAL, November 25: The United Committee Manipur has lauded the initiative of the NDA government in its recent effort to give a logical conclusion to the ongoing peace talk between the NCSN (IM) and the government of India.

According to a statement, the peace talk has been continuing since the last 17 years with more than 80 rounds of talks held outside the country. In the meantime, different interlocutors have been changed in facilitating the peace process, and at the same time there has been change of governments from United Front government led by IK Gujral, AB Vajpayee led NDA government, to Dr Manmohan Singh led UPA government, it added.

It continued that the latest initiative made by the NDA government under the leadership of the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi towards giving a logical end to the peace talk is noteworthy. In this regard, the people of Manipur should keep a close watch of the development of the peace talk, it said.

The statement further cautioned that it is important to ponder on how the NDA led government is going to arrive at a logical conclusion of the talk, which has been a long pending. It reminded both parties of the talk that the people of Manipur are not ready to compromise the territorial boundary of the State at any cost.

Further it added that `June Uprising`™ in 2001, in which 18 peoples had laid down their lives for the cause of safeguarding the territorial integrity of the State is still fresh in public memory. It recalled that the apex body UCM was formed on the eve of that uprising with the support and strength of the people of Manipur.

It also welcomed the initiative of Modi for inviting the Chief Ministers of Nagaland and Manipur regarding the peace process. The CM of Manipur should accordingly act keeping in mind the sensitive issue in a transparent manner, appealed the statement.

The public are also invited at the UCM office for further deliberation on the peace process whenever the need arises, it added.


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