Manipur's titular king and newly-elected Rajya Sabha MP Leishemba Sanajaoba visited Hungpung village in Ukhrul district on Thursday Credit: EastMojo image

Imphal: Leishemba Sanajaoba, the titular king of Manipur who was recently sworn in as a Member of Parliament in Rajya Sabha, said that the ongoing peace talks between the government of India and the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN-IM) must conclude peacefully.

Sanajaoba was on his maiden visit to the hill district of Ukhrul after he got elected as a member of the Upper House.

In an exclusive interview with EastMojo, Sanajaoba said that Naga peace talks must have a destination but the final solution shouldn’t create any kind of unwanted trouble, both in the hills and the valley. It should not hurt the feelings of the people in the state, he added.

He further stated that the struggles by the Nagas have been going on over 60 years now and the final agreement between the Centre and the NSCN-IM should be a peaceful and long-lasting one.

“The Indo-Naga peace process was started peacefully and the final solution must not end in any violence but all the stakeholders involved in the talks should find a way for a peaceful and final agreement,” said the titular Maharaja.

“I pray to God that Naga peace talks will be handed over in a peaceful manner,” he added.

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The titular king of Manipur made an appeal to the people in the state, both in the hills and the valley, to avoid any unwanted circumstances out of the Naga political talks.

The state home department had earlier clarified that the N Biren Singh-led government had no discussions with the Centre till date to pave way for signing of the final agreement for the Naga peace talks.

Manipur government had also requested the Union ministry of home affairs (MHA) to provide a copy of the draft accord at least a month before the date fixed for a consultation so that the state would be in a position to express its views and comments, joint secretary (home) Rehanuddin Choudhury had said earlier.

As per reports, the Centre had assured that consultations with the Manipur government and various other stakeholders in the state will be made before inking the final accord between the Centre and the NSCN-IM.

‘Greater Nagalim’ or integration of all Naga-inhabited areas is one of the core demands of the NSCN-IM in the peace, talks apart from a separate flag and constitution.

Apart from Nagaland, Manipur has a sizeable Naga population in the state besides Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Myanmar.

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