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NSCN (I-M), KNO demarcate areas
Correspondent IMPHAL, JAN 13:
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Published on 14 Jan. 2011 12:46 AM IST
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Marking an end to the decade long conflict between the NSCN (I-M) and Kuki National Organisation (KNO) inhabiting the hill areas of Manipur, the two groups have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) demarcating their respective areas.
A highly placed source disclosed that the MoU was signed between KNO president P. S. Haokip and NSCN (I-M) general secretary Th Muivah in October 2010 in the presence of leaders of Kuki Inpi, Kuki Nampi Palai, Kuki Students’ Organisation, United Naga Council (UNC), All Naga Students’ Association of Manipur (ANSAM), Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) and Naga Peoples’ Movement for Human Rights.
According to the MoU, the Hill areas presently demarcated as Churachandpur and Chandel districts of Manipur, the autonomous Sadar Hills Region of Senapati district and all Kuki villages in Ukhrul, Senapati and Tamenglong districts contiguous to Chandel, Sadar hills and Churachandpur belonged to the Kuki people and shall form a Kuki state.
Likewise, the Hill areas presently demarcated as Ukhrul and Tamenglong districts of Manipur, all Naga villages in Sadar Hills region of Senapati, Chandel and Churachandpur districts, the areas in Senapati District other than the Sadar Hills Autonomous region belonged to the Naga people and shall be integrated into ‘greater Nagalim.’
It was also agreed that the Kuki villages in the interior of Ukhrul, Tamenglong and areas of Senapati district other than the Autonomous District Region of Sadar Hills would remain within ‘greater
Nagalim’ and that the Naga government would endeavour to protect, promote and develop these villages and the people with equality, spirit of fraternity and fairness.
Further, the MoU stated that the Naga villages in the interiors of Sadar Hills Autonomous Region in Senapati District, Chandel and Churachandpur districts shall remain within Kuki state and that the Kuki government shall endeavour to protect, promote and develop these villages and the people with equality, spirit of fraternity and fairness.
“The Kuki and Naga people shall maintain the best of fraternal relations and work together to preserve peace in the land and usher in progress and human welfare in the Kuki and Naga states and the rest of the world,” the MoU stated. The two groups stated in the MoU that history was witness to the fact that the present hill districts of Manipur have been inhabited exclusively by the indigenous Kuki and Naga peoples prior to any recorded historiography of the region and the lands form their ancestral territory.
“We had our own established systems of governing these lands until the British placed our lands under the Manipur Durbar. The Meitei Kingdom always consisted of the valley areas which today form the valley district of Manipur,” it added.
It was stated that the MoU was signed with full regard for the aspirations of the people for self-determination, peace, development, progress and peaceful co-existence so that people could join the rest of the country and world in marching into the 21st century and beyond. The two groups have mutually resolved to commit the people to the declaration, the source said.
Both the groups are currently in ceasefire with the government forces.

 
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