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UNC Tripartite talks end in deadlock
Correspondent IMPHAL, JUN 30:
Published on 1 Jul. 2011 1:12 AM IST
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Tripartite talks between the government of India, United Naga Council and Manipur government on Thursday at Senapati district ended in a deadlock after the Centre and Manipur government rejected the UNC demand for an “alternative administrative arrangement” for Nagas in Manipur in the 2-hour meeting.
At the meeting, held at the conference hall of DRDA Senapati, Manipur chief secretary D.S. Poonia read out the response of the state government to the issue raised by the UNC through their memoranda dated 14/9/2010 submitted to the Prime Minister.
Poonia reaffirmed the territorial integrity of Manipur and said that in addition to the state legislature, such a system (alternative arrangement) was already with the ADCs under Article 371(C) of the constitution,where elections were held in 2010, after a gap of 20 years.
Sword Vashum leading the UNC team rejected the suggestion as the UNC demand was based on the severance of ties with Manipur. He suggested talks be bi-partite (UNC and Govt of India). However, officials of the MHA present at the meeting did not agree.
Centre’s team included- UK Bansal, secretary (NE) MHA, Shambu Singh, joint secretary (NE) MHA, AK Mishra, joint director (IB) MHA and colonel SK Narayan, director MO-II (MoD). Manipur’s team was led by chief secretary DS Poonia and included- LP Golmei, principal secretary (home), Kisho Pata, commissioner (home), Suman Singh, secretary to CM, Dr Sajjad Hassan, special secretary (planning) and Devesh Deval, joint secretary (home).
The 9-member UNC team was led by Sword Vashum, chairman Committee on Alternative Arrangement, secretary L Adani, members exMP Mani Charenamei (convener Naga Parliamentary Forum), Asinpao Gangmei, KS Paul Leo (ex-president UNC), Markson (NPO president), Solomon Ningshen (president of TNL (Tangkhul Nagalong), ST Ningshen and Thomas Kamei (president of Zeliangrong Baudi).

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