Imphal: The United Committee Manipur (UCM), a valley-based frontal civil organisation in the state, has firmly stated that any final agreement of the ongoing Indo-Naga peace talks between the Government of India and National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM) will not be accepted if it compromises the integrity and identity of Manipur.
Since the Government of India’s peace talks is with the armed groups of Nagaland, such as the Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) and NSCN-IM, any forthcoming settlement should be confined in Nagaland only, said UCM (IPR) secretary BM Yaima in a press statement issued on Thursday.
Earlier, the organisation had categorically stated that any solution to the Naga peace process without the consent of the people in Manipur will not be accepted.
While stated the people in Manipur will defend peace and integrity at any cost, the frontal organisation further reminded that in 2001 the people rose in the Great June Uprising against the GoI-NSCN (IM) ceasefire or Bangkok Agreement of June 14 that extended the ceasefire “without territorial limit.”
“The Uprising leaves a trail of destruction and the martyrdom of 18 souls all for the protection of the integrity of Manipur,” it said.
In response, the then Prime Minister (L) Atal Bihari Vajpayee, having recognised the unique integrity of Manipur, on July 27, 2001, announced the deletion of the contentious words “without territorial limit” from the Bangkok Agreement, said UCM.
The statement also stated that the Framework Agreement signed between the Government of India and NSCN (IM) on August 3, 2015, has shown that it is purely confined between the two entities while asserting that later development of bringing in more stakeholders in a series of peace talks indicates that there cannot be fruitful peace negotiation without representations of the people for whom the peace has been designed.
The organisation also pointed out that since the people of Manipur are not involved in the peace talks in Nagaland, it cannot be extended to Manipur in any form under any circumstance.
The organisation has strongly denounced the reports of possible arrangement for extension of the GoI and NSCN-IM peace to affect Manipur’s interest.
“If the report is accurate, it is unfortunate that the peace stakeholders are provoking and inciting Manipur’s peace-loving people to rise against political betrayal and divisive communal policy. The reported ploy of consultation with Manipur after the Government of India has settled with a Nagaland based armed group is not acceptable,” it said.
Earlier, there were reports that Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh have started the process of talks with the Center to settle the administrative issues to pave the way for the signing of the final agreement of the Naga peace talks. However, the state home department has already clarified that the government is not in discussion with the GoI to date on the issue.
While urging the Center not to bypass the interest of the people of Manipur if meaningful peace has to be established in Manipur, the organisation said that the Government of India must take all the stakeholders of Manipur on board if any policy would involve the territory and identity of Manipur. A slight mistake of undermining Manipur’s historical, social, cultural, political, and territorial integrity will create an environment of unrest, holocaust, change of regime, and irreparable loss of trust for India, it said.
We appeal ‘no settlement without representation’, it added.