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MHA invited for talks with Manipur govt and UNC
Correspondent IMPHAL, Jun 22:
Published on 23 Jun. 2011 12:12 AM IST
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Manipur government Wednesday has invited two officials of the Union ministry of Home Affairs for the talks between Manipur government and United Naga Council (UNC) on June 30.
Joint secretary (NE in-charge) Shambhu Singh and under secretary (internal security) UK Bansal have been invited to participate in the scheduled talk which would be a “bilateral” one, an official source said.
Government spokesperson and IFCD N Biren Singh, on late Tuesday, said the talks will be a bilateral one as the Union government will only facilitate the meetings and take part as observer.
Government during the meeting will hear the UNC’s demands, and as a guardian of the people, since UNC is a civil organization the state and government considered to hear and address their demands in the interest of the state, he maintained.
State chief secretary DS Poonia and commissioner (home) LP Gonmei would hold talks with UNC leaders. The cabinet meeting on late Tuesday had decided to send DS Poonia and LP Gonmei for the talks at Senapati district headquarter.
The development in the Manipur government came up after UNC served an ultimatum to the union home minister P Chidambaram to resume the talks over their demand for an alternative administrative arrangement for the Nagas living in Manipur.
The UNC has warned that if the Centre failed to hold negotiation within this month, then the Nagas would no longer take part in the talks.
“Should the tripartite talks fail to take place within the month of June, we wish to submit in all humility that the Nagas in Manipur will no longer participate in the exercise on tripartite talks,” the UNC stated in the memorandum.
The third round of the talks, was due to be held on May 30 last, but was postponed following a request from the government to the Centre citing the fragile law and order of the state in the wake of Nagaland Chief Minister’s visit in Senapati district headquarter on May 28 last.

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