Joykumar invites stakeholders for talks with government to work out for protection of Manipur integrity

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, November 2, 2019: The state government will never compromise the state’s interest, said deputy chief minister Y. Joykumar Singh and appealed COCOMI, all CSOs and women organisations in the state to come forward for talks with the government to work out strategies to protect and safeguard Manipur people’s interest.

Joykumar also appealed to the Coordination Committee on Manipur’s Integrity (COCOMI) to withdraw its ultimatum and urged them for meaningful talks with the government.

COCOMI on Friday served an ultimatum to reveal the agreements brought between the NSCN (I-M) and the Government of India by November 4. It appealed the state government to take initiatives so that the agreements are revealed.

Joykumar told reporters here on Saturday that Union home minister Amit Shah has assured the all political party delegation in the recent visit to New Delhi to submit memorandum to Prime Minister and Union home minister that all stakeholders in Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh including civil society organisations (CSOs) will be consulted before arriving to a final settlement of the Indo-Naga Peace talks.

The talk is not finalised, he added.

He said Centre is well aware about the sentiments of people in the neighbouring states of Nagaland including Manipur, he expressed his belief that governments of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh and CSOs will be consulted before arriving at a final settlement.

Asserting that the commitment made by the Union home minister should be honoured, Joykumar who is also the chairman of Memoramdum Drafting Sub-Committee on Indo-Naga Peace Talks said, state government is fully committed to safeguard the interest of people and any attempt to compromise state’s territorial and administrative integrity while making efforts to settle the issue will not be accepted.

He said many speculations are aired regarding the settlement. It is because of these speculations that apprehensions have been developing amongst the people.  He also urged the media fraternity to re-check and re-confirm any reports for publishing in the public domain.

Three members of the memorandum drafting sub-committee P. Saratchandra Singh, BJP, K. Devabrata Singh, INC and N. Ibohal Meitei, LJP also attended in the press conference.

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