‘Centre urged to talk with Mnp rebels’

‘Centre urged to talk with Mnp rebels’
Inauguration of India-Myanmar Conference in Imphal’s Hotel Classic Grande on Tuesday.
Correspondent IMPHAL, Jun 11 | Publish Date: 6/11/2019 12:03:25 PM IST

Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Tuesday said that Centre has been urged to allow return of insurgents of Manipur in Myanmar to the state and join the mainstream.

Singh said that he has requested the Centre to give insurgent groups a chance to come to the negotiating table for a political solution.

“I will definitely urge the Central government again to offer for talks to the insurgent group residing and hiding in Myanmar territory,” he said.

The statement of the chief minister came at a time there were reports of Myanmar government flushing out insurgents of Northeast from its soil.

The chief minister was talking to reporters after coming out of the inaugural function of India-Myanmar Conference on “Connecting India’s Northeast with North West region of Myanmar: Roadmap for all-round Prosperity” held in Imphal’s Classic Grande on Tuesday.

Earlier, addressing the opening function of the conference, Singh said that the state government was planning to set up a logistics park in the state to enhance trade, commerce and investment between India and Myanmar. 

He said, “India’s Act East Policy is a reflection to deepen ties with the ASEAN region, and more importantly with Myanmar.”

There has been a renewed effort to ensure the early completion of the India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway and to extend the same to Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, he added. The chief minister stressed that feasibility survey has been made to extend the rail line from Imphal upto Moreh. 

A study has also been conducted on possibility of rail connectivity with Myanmar, he added. 

He highlighted that the Trans Asian Railway Link has immense potential to uplift the socio-economic condition of the peoples further and added formalities for starting the Mandalay-Imphal Bus service are at its final stages.

He hoped that such conference will facilitate in shaping a way forward towards a shared all-round prosperity of the North-East region of India and the North-West region of Myanmar.

Addressing the function, chief minister of Myanmar’s Magway Division Dr Aung Moe Nyo narrated the good relationship and friendly ties between India and Myanmar.  He emphasised that Manipur has huge potential in the areas like of medical tourism and also stressed on the importance of strengthening the relationship between the countries in future. Ambassador, Embassy of the Union of Myanmar, Delhi Moe Kyaw Aun; Consul General of India, Mandalay Nandan Singh Bhaisora; state chief secretary Dr J. Suresh Babu; director of India Foundation Capt Alok Bansel, delegates from Myanmar and India attended the conference. 

The conference is jointly organised by India Foundation, Ministry of External Affairs and government of Manipur.


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