Uncertainty over tripartite talks

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Newmai News Network

There is uncertainty looming over the proposed tripartite talk involving the United Naga Council (UNC), the Government of Manipur and the Central Government on the prevailing issue in Manipur.

The Government’s invitation to the UNC for dialogue to hold on January 23 in Imphal was not accepted by the latter.

When contacted by NNN, the UNC leaders said that if the state government agrees to the conditions put up by the Naga bodies are accepted by the Government, “we are ready to hold dialogue.”

The UNC has made it clear to the government time and again that the venue of the talk should be either in ‘Naga area’ or in New Delhi.

The UNC also made another condition saying its President Gaidon Kamei who is in police custody at the moment should lead the Naga body in the event of any dialogue.

The UNC further said its information secretary SK Stephen who is also in police custody should participate in the talk.

The UNC then said that the core issue of the talk should be on the new districts created recently by the Manipur Government against the four Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs).

The UNC further said that if any dialogue is to be held the Government of India should chair the event.

On January 17, the UNC got the invitation for dialogue from the government. On January 20, the UNC intimated to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on its position and conditions.

Source: Imphal Free Press

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