Imphal: The Manipur government has clarified that the state is not in discussion with the government of India (GoI) with regards to the ongoing Indo-Naga peace talks to pave the way for signing of the final agreement.
In a statement, joint secretary (home) Rehanuddin Choudhury clarified that the state government has had no discussion with the Centre till date on the issue.
As per reports, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh have started the process of talks with the Centre to settle the administrative issues to pave the way for the signing of an agreement for settlement of Naga political issues in September.
According to the statement, the GoI had already rejected the demand for inclusion of territories of neighbouring states as part of the agreement, but two autonomous councils would be formed in Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur under the provision of Six Schedule of the Constitution of India.
According to Choudhury, the state government had earlier requested the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to make available a copy of the draft accord to the state at least a month before the date fixed for a consultation so that it may be in a position to express its views and comments on the issue.
Ever since the reports of the resumption of the Indo-Naga peace process in the national capital came to the fore, the United Committee of Manipur (UCM), one of the valley-based frontline civil society organisations, has strongly asserted that any settlement on the Naga peace process would not be accepted without prior consultation with all stakeholders.
UCM had also stated that any form of a final agreement on the decades-long Naga issues while comprising the state’s integrity and identity would not be tolerated.
Apart from Nagaland, Nagas has a sizeable population in Manipur and other Northeast states, including Arunachal Pradesh and Assam, besides Myanmar.