CSOs demand disclosure of FA details ‘Do not use FA for electoral gains’

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IMPHAL, Feb 21: The United Committee Manipur (UCM), Committee of Civil Societies Kangleipak (CCSK) and the Nongchup Imphal Meira Paibi Apunba Lup (NIMPAL) have categorically stated that the contents of the Framework Agreement signed between the Government of India and NSCN-IM on August 3, 2015 should be made accessible to the people of Manipur.
A public meeting was held today at Keishampat Lairembi community hall on the Framework Agreement under the aegis of UCM, CCSK and NIMPAL.
Speaking at the gathering, UCM vice-president Sunil Karam appealed to all political parties and candidates not to stoke people’s sentiments by harping on the Framework Agreement in their efforts to garner maximum votes.
He also appealed to all the people not to trust political parties and candidates who have been campaigning by listing the Framework Agreement as their main agenda.
“We always welcome the peace talk going on between the Government of India and NSCN-IM but any such peace process should not challenge the territorial integrity of Manipur”, Sunil said.
Neighbouring States should not interfere in the internal affairs of Manipur and integration of Naga inhabited areas should not affect the territorial integrity of Manipur, he added. Even though different political parties as well as the State Government have been pledging that they would safeguard the integrity of Manipur, none of them do anything to keep the integrity of the State intact, Sunil remarked. It’s a matter of great concern that political parties have been attempting to capitalise on the Framework Agreement in their efforts to woo voters even though nothing has been divulged about the agreement, he added.
CCSK president Arjun Telheiba said that people need to urge all political parties and candidates to state their positions regarding the Framework Agreement.
People should not forget that political leaders seldom keep their promises and the same applies to the territorial integrity of Manipur too, Arjun Telheiba said.
Nonetheless, he expressed keen desire for all political parties and candidates to take pro-active roles so as to make the contents of the Framework Agreement accessible to the people of Manipur.

Source: The Sangai Express

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