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Tangkhuls firm on Naga integration
Published on 12 Mar. 2010 12:04 AM IST
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Frontal organisations of Tangkhul Naga vowing to defend and preserve the identity, land and history “at all cost” Thursday declared that their “firm political stand” was to uphold the aspiration of Naga people for integration of all Naga areas under one administrative roof, and that “this must be an integral component of the final negotiated settlement.” The declaration was made during a consultative meeting involving Tangkhul frontal organisations, village chiefs/headmen/chairmen held in town hall, Ukhrul March 11 on the theme “Peace and peoples’ rights” under the aegis of United Naga Council, a joint statement from Tangkhul Naga Long, Tangkhul Katamnao Saklong, Tangkhul Naga Wungnao Long, Tangkhul Shanao Long and Tangkhul Mayar Ngala Long stated today. Reiterating their “support and endorsement” to the collective leadership of “National Socialist Council of Nagalim” to have a political dialogue with government of India for a negotiated settlement to the “Protracted Indo-Naga Conflict”, the meet affirmed that any settlement which excluded unification of Naga territories would not be “honourable nor bring lasting peace.” Tangkhul bodies also expressed hope that government of India would “sincerely demonstrate its political will to resolve the protracted Indo-Naga conflict” for an acceptable and honourable settlement to both India & the Nagas. Further, the meeting unanimously resolved that Manipur (Hill Areas) District Council Act 1971 and the Amended Act 2008 should be rejected in its present form and content. According to them, the said Act did not protect and safeguard the rights of the people. The house also decided to urge Hill Areas Committee to immediately defer the enforcement of the Act, and that elected representatives should be urged to review the Act. Consultative meeting was also attended by NPMHR, Naga women’s union Manipur, united Naga council and several others.

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