A public meeting was held by the Coordination Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI) against the backdrop of the ongoing Naga talks, in Imphal on Friday Credit: Facebook

Imphal: The Coordination Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI) on Friday held a public convention in Imphal and resolved to continue the ongoing public alert movement to protect the unity and territorial integrity of the state against the backdrop of the Naga peace process.

According to the circular issued after the meeting, the public convention resolved to oppose the government of India to create any kind of autonomous territorial council in Manipur based on ethnic lines as a consequence of the peace talks with the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM).

This particular resolution was adopted after it was reflected in the intention of the Union home minister Amit Shah during the deliberation with COCOMI delegation in New Delhi earlier, the statement said.

According to the report, the Union home minister had earlier in a meeting with 18-member COCOMI delegation gave verbal assurance to consult the state government, opposition parties and civil society organisations before inking the final settlement with the Naga groups led by NSCN-IM.

However, the public meeting being held at IMA auditorium at Lamphelphat informed that the verbal assurance is not acceptable to the people of Manipur since the consultation with the state stakeholders does not imply the consent of people of Manipur, it said.

The public meeting under COCOMI also further resolved to demand the state government to summon a special session of the Manipur State Legislative Assembly before December 10, so that a fresh House resolution may be adapted in the interest of the state.

The last resolution adopted but in a milder and inclusive tone said: “The issue of ethnic harmony and administrative setup for the inclusive benefit of the people of Manipur shall not be decided by GoI or a section of Manipuri society but by mutual discussion among the various communities residing in the state.”

Meanwhile, the state cabinet has decided to convene the winter session of the Manipur Legislative Assembly from December 18.

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