UCM raises concern about talks outcome

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The United Committee Manipur (UCM) has once again raised concern on the possible outcome of Naga peace talks which have a high chance of affecting the state’s territorial integrity.

Addressing a press meet held today at UCM office at Lamphel, Imphal UCM president Elangbam Johnson said, even though the central government verbally assured that the peace talk with the Naga will not have any effect to the state it is very doubtful that as it was only words and there is no proper document.

The mention about financial autonomy and regional council by the NSCN (IM) clearly shows that the peace talk result will affect the integrity of the state, he said.

If the central government tries to impose the 6th schedule in the state with regard to ‘financial council and regional council’, the people of the state will not tolerate such action, said Johnson.

The committee along with stakeholders and other voluntary organisations will not remain quiet if any organisation tries to break up the integrity of the state, he continued.

Johnson said that UCM asked the state government to take up necessary action at its level to find out whether there is any threatening policy regarding the state integrity by the Indo-Naga peace talk and stand to guard the integrity of the state.

The peace talks cannot bring any resolution without the consulting the neighboring states, stakeholders and civil voluntary organisations, said Johnson.

He further added that stakeholders, civil voluntary organisations of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh to join hands and start awareness to the people regarding the affect that can be brought by the Indo Naga peace talk.

Source: iImphal Free Press

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