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Protesters taking to the streets of Imphal over the Naga peace talks
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Manipur: COCOMI to continue ongoing mass protests over Naga talks

Meeting of state govt with representatives of apex civil society body fails to break deadlock; movement to go on to oppose any geographical change over Naga peace process

Vangamla Salle K S

Vangamla Salle K S

Imphal: The meeting between the Manipur government and representatives of the Coordination Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI) on Thursday evening reportedly failed to break the ongoing deadlock. Following this, members of COCOMI, the apex body of seven civil society organisations in Manipur, resolved to continue its mass agitation to oppose any geographical change following the ongoing Naga political negotiations with the Centre.

According to reports, the meeting was chaired by CM N Biren Singh along with 13 representatives of COCOMI led by its coordinator Sunil Karam in Imphal. The meeting couldn’t arrive at any substantial agreement even after the issue of Naga peace talks and its solution were discussed at length, the reports added.

COCOMI, a conglomeration of some of the major civil societies of the state formed in the wake of a need to protect the state’s integrity amid the backdrop of the Naga political dialogues, stood firm on its position and resolved to continue its mass movement until the Centre and state government convinced the group that the Naga political solutions would not compromise the status quo of Manipur, said sources.

Earlier, Union home minister Amit Shah assured an all-party delegation from Manipur, including CM Singh, that the interests of the state will be taken into account before finalising the Naga peace accord. The same verbal assurance was relayed by the chief minister, however, COCOMI announced to continue the ongoing mass movement until the government provided a written assurance.

Representatives of COCOMI holding a meeting with Manipur CM N Biren Singh over the Naga political negotiations in Imphal on Thursday
Representatives of COCOMI holding a meeting with Manipur CM N Biren Singh over the Naga political negotiations in Imphal on Thursday
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“We rejected the chief minister’s appeal and urged the state government, if they have so much faith in Amit Shah, to come out with a declaration that they would bear full responsibility in case the Naga peace talk affects Manipur in any manner,” Sunil Karam told reporters after the meeting.

As per reports, CM Singh will soon leave for New Delhi and apprise the Central leaders so that a meeting with stakeholders on the prevailing Naga political issue may be scheduled.

Moreover, COCOMI feels that if stakeholders meeting with the Central leaders are to take place, the agenda for the meeting should be notified in advance, reports said.