GoI-Manipur govt-UNC Tripartite talks deferred

Dimapur, May 29 (MExN): The tripartite talks of the Government of India, state government of Manipur and the United Naga Council scheduled for May 30, 2011 at Tahamzam, in Manipur’s Senapati is being deferred. The Government of Manipur has requested the deferment citing delicate law and order situation in Senapati “in the wake of the Nagaland Chief Minister’s visit to Senapati without the consent of the government of Manipur.”
The United Naga Council Manipur informed of this change today in a note: ”The Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India has informed that the tripartite talk of the GOI, the Government of Manipur (GOM) and the United Naga Council scheduled to be held on the 30th May, 2011 at Tahamzam (Senapati) is being deferred on account of the GOM’s request, which cited delicate law and order situation in Senapati in the wake of the Nagaland Chief Minister’s visit to Senapati without the consent of  the GOM.”
The UNC said, “The GOM had requested the GOI to request the UNC to communicate directly with the GOM” and to come out with a clear agenda for the discussions.
Further, while affirming its “non-association” with political parties, the UNC clarified that the tripartite talks are not related in anyway to the launching programme of the Naga People’s Front, Manipur unit or to the visit of Chief Minister of Nagaland to Senapati.
The UNC also rejected the state government’s claim that there is a law and order situation. “There is no law and order situation in Senapati except for the deployment of Manipur State IRBs and police commandos in the hundreds, who were responsible for the massacre of two Naga students and unbridled violence on hundreds of women on the 6th May, 2010. That there is a delicate law and order situation in Senapati, if any, is the creation of the GOM and its agencies.”
With regard to the issue of direct communications with the Manipur government, the UNC clarified that the Nagas in Manipur have severed all political ties “with the communal GOM.” To expect the UNC to directly communicate with the Manipur government “would only reflect lack of seriousness and non-cognizance of the gravity of the situation,” the UNC said. 
On the agenda for the talks, the council said that it had already made amply clear that the discussions should be on the issue contained in a memorandum dated September 14, 2010 submitted to the Government of Manipur, and that it stands confirmed from the GOI. Further, the December 3, 2010 talks at Tahamzam in Senapati was held on the basis of the memorandum, and in fact, GOM representatives had made reference to it, the council said.
In a related mater, the council also acknowledged the special prayers and services of all the churches and organisations held today. “The time has come for every Naga to take responsibility for their future, and in this regard, we appeal for your continued moral and prayer support for the early realisation of the alternative arrangement for the Nagas in Manipur,” the council added.