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Centre yet to disclose details about Naga talks: Manipur CM

Correspondent IMPHAL, DEC 20 | Publish Date: 12/20/2019 11:57:23 AM IST

Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh informed the Manipur Assembly on Friday that Government of India has not disclosed or communicated anything about the status of “Indo-Naga” peace talks. 

The winter session, which commenced on December 18 and had only three sittings, concluded Friday with Assembly Speaker adjourning the house sine die.

During zero hour, opposition members urged the Speaker to extend the session for a day so the house could discuss the issue of “Indo-Naga” peace talk and adopt a fresh resolution for protection of unity and territory of the state.

Opposition member AK Mirabai of Congress said the discussion on the issue was important considering the sentiment of the people of the state. The member said that there were apprehensions among the people that Centre has a willingness to create autonomous council in the Naga inhabited areas while inking the final peace accord with NSCN (I-M).

She further pressed the leader of the house to table a detail report of the recent meeting between COCOMI delegation and Union home minister in which the state chief minister and some minister also took part from the state government side.

Another opposition member RK Imo of Congress also pressed the leader of the house (chief minister) to table a report on the latest status of the “Indo-Naga” peace talk.

In his reply, the chief minister N Biren Singh, who is also holding the home portfolio, informed the house that till date the Centre government had not disclosed or communicated anything about the peace talk to the state government.

Singh further clarified that the Union home minister had made no official communication to the state government regarding the recent meeting between Union home minister and COCOMI leaders.

The chief minister reminded that the Assembly had already taken 12 resolutions for safeguarding the territorial integrity of the state.

He further informed the house that on the issue of border disputes between Manipur and Nagaland, there would have a joint meeting with a team of ministers from Nagaland and Manipur on December 21, 2019. 

The proposed joint meeting will discuss on the issue of border dispute between Tungjoy village in Senapati district of Manipur and Khezhakeno village of Phek district of Nagaland, he said.

The committee was constituted on December 7, 2018. The committee which also has members from civil organizations of Senapati and Ukhrul districts will study and find a way to settle the inter-state border dispute including at Tungjoy village and Dzuko Valley, the chief minister said.

The chief minister said that the issue was a long standing dispute since 1982 over traditional land ownership of a region along the inter-state boundary of Manipur and Nagaland. 

During a state-level meeting on January 8, 1992, it was decided that both state governments would request the surveyor general of India to carry out a border survey to bring an amicable solution to the boundary dispute. 

However, there is no record of the survey, he said and added that it was a sensitive issue and as such demands a diplomatic stance to settle it.

 The chief minister further said that the Centre will be urged to take up the issue and settle the border issue through proper consultations with both the states.

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