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UCM reiterates stand on territorial integrity

Correspondent IMPHAL, Oct 19 | Publish Date: 10/19/2019 11:40:27 AM IST

United Committee Manipur (UCM) on Saturday reaffirmed its strong opposition to any kind of settlement including arrangements for territorial council, 6th Schedule and ethnic based administration to the ongoing peace talk between the NSCN-IM and the Government of India.

UCM reiterated its stand against the backdrop of the reported next round of negotiation between Centre and NSCN (I-M) which is likely to ink the final agreement on October 31.

The pressure group of Manipur demanded a clarification from the Manipur government on whether it was aware of Centre agreeing to grant autonomy territorial council and extending Article 371(A) of Indian Constitution related with Nagaland in the state.

The UCM was referring to RN Ravi’s highlight on the points of the framework agreement for Naga solution which was circulated in the social media on Saturday.

Expecting inking the final agreement by October 31 between  GoI-NSCN(IM) negotiation, the UCM demanded a special session of the Manipur Legislative Assembly to be convened before the proposed next round of talks.

Addressing a hurriedly call news conference at its office, UCM president Sunil Karam said they were already  made aware of a distinct possibility of making an arrangement to provide a territorial council or 6th Schedule for bringing a settlement.

He reiterated that UCM has been strongly opposing such type of ethnic administrative division and if the Central government tries to impose territorial council or 6th schedule in the state forcefully, UCM will not remain silent.

He alleged that if the Centre negotiates with the NSCN(I-M) to the above proposals, the Centre has failed to keep its assurance of consulting all stakeholders before finalising the Naga solution.

He claimed that Centre had assured consulting all stakeholders before bringing a final solution to the peace negotiation with the NSCN (I-M). However, the Centre was planning to ink an agreement to conclude the decades-long peace talks on October 31 against the assurance they had given them, he alleged.

UCM will take seriously if the Centre decides to conclude the peace talks without prior consultation and that will in turn create a bigger problem while solving a problem, Karam said.

The UCM president demanded that N Biren-led BJP’s coalition must convene a special session of the state Assembly to adopt a decision to oppose any move tantamount to distort the territorial integrity of Manipur. He then, announced that UCM will convene a public meeting on October 21 in Imphal to deliberate on the issue, in which the future course of action to be taken by the UCM with the people of Manipur will be decided.

UCM is also planning to stage a mass protest on October 31 across the state against creation of territorial council in the state and extension of Article 371(A) in the state, he added.

He then, urged ethnic communities of the state to come out and declare their stand on the territorial integrity of Manipur so that a united struggle against any moves hurting the interest of integrity of the state.

Alleging that no MLA of the state so far responded to UCM’s recent call for declaring their stand on the creation of territorial council or extension of 6th schedule in the state, Karam warned that in the event of any eventuality arising out of the peace talk, the MLAs must bear the sole responsibility.

Mention may be made that on October 12 last, UCM had announced that there was a distinct possibility of Centre making an arrangement for providing a territorial council or 6th Schedule for bringing a settlement to the peace talk with NSCN(IM).

And while declaring that UCM totally oppose such move, the pressure group demanded that all the 60 MLAs of the state must declare their stand on latest development in the peace talk.

Karam also cautioned the state government if the Centre goes ahead with the proposals despite opposition from the people of Manipur, the incumbent government must bear the brunt.

He said that the state government must not forget that if they (Centre) use forceful means in this regard, then the people of Manipur were also ready to protect the integrity of the state with their lives.


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