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UNC plea to PM on political talks
Dimapur, Feb 6 (NPN):
Published on 7 Feb. 2009 12:36 AM IST
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Amid confusion over the ceasefire area coverage, the UNC has reiterated its appeal to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to spell out and give a clear cut stand on the realistic meaning of “Indo-Naga political talks”, unconditional and in third country as two entities, as agreed upon at the highest level. “This is sought to defuse the confusion being created on the minds of the people to avoid any act of democratic agitation by the Naga people which will be unfortunate,” UNC president Samson Remei and general secretary A Ashohrii said in a memorandum to the Prime Minister. Terming Union Home Minister P Chidambaram’s reported statement that there is no cease fire in the present state of Manipur as uncalled for, the UNC said “It is unfortunate that a personality of his calibre and knowledge should be so blunt to this delicate Indo-Naga political imbroglio that has involved so much socio-economic and socio-cultural turmoil and human lives.” “The Naga people would like to expect from him a deeper understanding of the situation of the North Eastern Region. Because we would not like to leave behind this political problem unsolved and pass on this imminent woeful situation to younger generation to suffer,” the UNC memorandum said. In maintained that “opposition from some non-actor states (majority-dominant Manipur government) on the Indo-Naga peace process should not be stumbling block for New Delhi to delay and derail the peace talks.” The UNC also felt that the recent unfortunate siege of Shirui village in Ukhrul district on the question of cease fire coverage and designated camp interpretation, which is part of the process, could have been addressed through the existing cease fire mechanism, rather than twisting it into a major magnitude of impending dangers to the Indo-Naga political talks. The majority dominated Manipur government’s letter to Union Home Ministry and unguarded utterance of the state Chief Minister that there cannot be ceasefire in Manipur with psychological manifestation of unfortunate June 18, 2001 violent vandalism, communalistic culture, which they call “the great uprising”, amounts to direct challenge and brutalisation of Naga people’s search for genuine peace and the campaign for peace around the world. “This attitude is loud and clear that they want the Nagas to continue with their past painful history of 250 thousands innocent Naga civilian casualties, rape of women, concentration camp, desecration of churches sanctity, re-grouping of villages, burning of houses, granaries and so on, is far short of any rational human being.” The UNC has condemned this as an act of psychological and state sponsored terrorism for apparent conflict of human casualty and blatant human rights violation, thereby undermining the magnanimity of traditional endurance exhibited by the Naga people not succumbing to hardship and humiliation but for negotiated settlement through peaceful means. “We believe peace cannot be compartmentalised as much as cease fire can not be shelved in cold storage. We consider the fundamental rights and ownership of its people to which they belong is the basis for any solution. No constitutional imposition can hold on good, if it is not in tune with its people aspiration,” the UNC said and added that the Government of India will have to remedy the past political myopia and avoid treating the Naga people in condescending manner.

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