Imphal: In the wake of fears and apprehensions from deals coming out of the Naga peace process soon to be sign between the government of India and National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM), Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Tuesday assured the people that the signing of final agreement with Naga groups won’t affect Manipur’s territory and its integrity will be protected.
Speaking with media persons a day after his return from New Delhi, CM Singh informed, “A commitment has been given by union home minister Amit Shah that Manipur territorial boundary won’t be affecting and administrative structure will be protected from the Naga peace agreement soon to be signed.”
Biren and his cabinet ministers had gone to New Delhi last Friday and met the Central leaders for consultation midst growing tensions in the state in a form of public rallies and protests in view of the ongoing Naga peace negotiations.
Assuring the commitment given by the central leaders, Biren also appealed to the people of the state to remain calm and avoid tensions which are affecting normal lives. The appeal has also come at a time when the state is set to celebrate its biggest tourism festival of the year, Saingai Festival, from November 21 to 30.
The Centre, according to the state leader, will soon invite stakeholders in Manipur for consultation before inking the final pact with Naga groups, which have been in talks with the Centre for the last 22 years.
Singh also said that the state will soon invite the civil societies of the state and hold a meeting pertaining to the current Naga peace deal issues.
Over the past weeks, Valley-based civil societies under the banner Coordination Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI) have been spearheading current agitations against the backdrop of the ongoing Naga peace process warning the stakeholders and negotiators not to comprise the territorial integrity of Manipur.
Moreover, COCOMI has been demanding a special assembly session to take a resolution to protect Manipur’s integrity among others.