NEIDP demands clarification on cease-fire, Framework Agreement

Correspondent IMPHAL, May 27 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/27/2019 11:50:17 AM IST

North East India Development Party (NEIDP) has warned the state government for revisiting of June 18, 2001  incident, if the Centre and state government failed to clarify on the fresh controversy over extension of GoI-NSCN (I-M) ceasefire agreement in Manipur.

Addressing reporters at its office in Imphal, NEIDP spokesperson, RK Anand Singh demanded the state and central government to clarify on whether the ceasefire between NSCN (I-M) and centre and the Framework Agreement applicable in Manipur. 

Meanwhile, he pressed the concerned authorities to check activities of NSCN (I-M) by removing its designated camps allegedly located within Manipur’s territory.

Any camps whatever it may be designated in Manipur should be remove immediately, he demanded. He also warned that if Centre and state governments remain silent on the issue, then it would invite another mass uproar similar to that of June 18, 2001 uprising that claimed lives of 18 people in the state.

Mention may be made that the ‘Bangkok Declaration’, a ceasefire agreement “without territorial limits” signed between the GoI and NSCN (I-M) on June 14, 2001 created mayhem in the Manipur capital that turned into a violent agitation. 

However, NSCN (I-M), in a recent statement reacting to arrest of two of its cadres in Manipur, claimed that the cease fire agreement without territorial limits, signed between the group and the government of India on June 14, 2001exists in Manipur.

Strongly reacting to the statement, United Committee Manipur (UCM) had served a 72-hour deadline to Manipur and Central government to clarify on whether the ceasefire and Framework Agreement was applicable in Manipur. 

However, the group later relaxed the deadline for the time being till the return of state chief minister N Biren Singh from New Delhi.

In the meantime, Naga Hoho came up with a statement reminding the UCM that Naga people in Manipur state were party to the Indo-Naga ceasefire as well as the Framework Agreement signed between the NSCN (I-M) and the GoI.

The spokesperson of the regional party also demanded the governments to clarify on the surfacing controversy in the interest of the ceasefire agreement, in the interest of Manipur, and also in the interest of Indo-Naga peace talk and not to repeat June 18 uprising in the state.

The NEIDP leader further pressed the centre and state government to resolve the issue of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill which the BJP had promised to bring back again if the party return to power at the Centre again.

He hoped that the two newly elected MPs from Manipur will also bring up the issue to the notice of the central government of CAB if bringing back will create a chaotic situation not only in Manipur but also in the entire Northeast region. 

The spokesperson also asked about the latest status of Manipur People’s Bill 2018 which is pending for President’s assent while pressing the state government to approach central leaders for early president’s assent.



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