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Tripartite talks deferred; UNC to stick to demand
Published on 30 May. 2011 1:41 AM IST
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With the scheduled tripartite talks on May 30 between representatives of the government of India, state and the UNC at Tamhazam deferred, the United Naga Council said it came after the Manipur government.
UNC said the Manipur government had requested the ministry of home affairs(MHA) to defer the talks on account of the volatile law and order situation arising in Senapati in the wake of the visit by Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio to Senapati on May 28 without the “approval” of the government of Manipur.
Further UNC said the Manipur government had urged upon the government of India, to ask the UNC to directly communicate with the state government to approach talks with a clear agenda.
Asserting that it was not associated with any political parties, the UNC clarified that the tripartite talks has no connection with either the launch of the NPF launch programme nor the visit of Neiphiu Rio to Senapati on Saturday.
UNC therefore, said the allegation made by government of Manipur that Rio’s visit was to establish direct linkage between the tripartite talk, portrayed lack of fairness and honesty on the part of the latter.
The UNC also maintained that the delicate law and order situation in Senapati was the creation of the state government and its agencies. It said there was no law and order situation in Senapati “except for the deployment of Manipur State IRBs and Police Commandos in hundreds, who were responsible for the massacre of two Naga students and unbridled violence on hundreds of women on May 6, 2010”.
With regard to direct communication with the Manipur government, the UNC has clarified that the Nagas in Manipur have severed all political ties with the “communal state government” and expecting the UNC to do so would only reflect “lack of seriousness and non-cognizance of the gravity of the situation”.
Reiterating its stand on issue of the tripartite talk, the UNC said it stood firm on its memorandum submitted to the government of India dated September 14,2010. UNC claimed the government of India corroborated its memorandum.
UNC said the December 3,2010 tals at Tahamzam(Senapti) was on the basis of the memo where representatives of the Manipur government also made references. It said though the May 30 talk was deferred, it acknowledged the prayers of people in churches on Sunday.
UNC appealed to the people to continue support to the demand of the UNC for “an alternative arrangement.”
The team of officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs(MHA) was to be led by joint secretary (home), NE charge who were scheduled to arrive at Imphal Sunday.
Sources at Imphal airport disclosed that none of the officials of the union home ministry were among the list of passengers who landed at Imphal Sunday.
Mention may made that when Manipur government agreed to hold the tripartite talks at Senapati district headquarters, many civil organisations had blamed the state government and demanded such a talks concerning the state issue should be held in the capital.
Valley-based organization had warned the government against any agenda related with the UNC demand for “alternative arrangement for the Nagas in Manipur” be part of the talks.

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