Newmai News Network
Senapati | May 19
The tripartite talks between the United Naga Council (UNC), the Government of Manipur, and the Central Government resumed today with the UNC insistent on its demand that the State Government put “in abeyance” the order for creation of new districts.
The UNC team insisted that no visible administrative works other than the developmental works should be taken up in those areas which fall under the new districts till such time the issue is resolved through dialogue. However, there was reservation from the State Government of Manipur representatives, according to sources.
Some participants of today’s talks disclosed to Newmai News Network that the UNC team also asked the representatives of the State Government “whether they were politically mandated”. The UNC leaders also expressed their resentment on the “activities” of the Manipur Government on the newly created districts.
Meanwhile, the tripartite talks reaffirmed the “focal point No 1 of agreement arrived at in the tripartite talks on March 19, 2017” between the three parties which states, “The grievances of the United Naga Council which led to the imposition of the economic blockade by them was recognized as there was non-adherence to the four Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and the Government of India’s assurance on the matter. The Government of Manipur agrees to start consultation with all stakeholders to redress the same”.
Today’s talks were held at the DRDA Conference Hall in the district headquarters of Senapati with UNC President Gaidon Kamei leading the UNC team which included the council’s general secretary S. Milan, All Naga Students Association Manipur (ANSAM) President Seth Shatsang, Naga Women Union (NWU) President Asha Wungnam and few others.
Satyendra Garg, Joint Secretary (NE), Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) represented the Central Government while the Government of Manipur side was represented by Chief Secretary O. Nabakishore Singh, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Dr .J. Suresh Babu and Commissioner (Works) K. Radhakumar Singh.
It was also agreed that the Government of Manipur would be represented at the political level in the next round of talks.
“Till such time an amicable settlement to the issue of creation of the new district is arrived at, the Government of Manipur and the United Naga Council will mutually respect the points agreed upon in the tripartite talks held on March 19, 2017,” one point of the agreement stated.
It was also agreed upon that the next round of talks will be held within a month.