ALL POLITICAL PARTIES & CSOS MEET ON FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT

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Pothashang News Service

Imphal, December 2: All political parties and civil society organsiation meeting today affirmed to work jointly in one motive to prevent from any undesirable outcome of the Framework Agreement signed between the NSCN IM and the government of India.

The agreement was signed with the aim to bring a final conclusion to the decades’ long demand of the NSCN IM for a separate land or administration for the Nagas by uniting the Naga inhabited area in the region.

Sections of people of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh have been warning against of any conclusion of the peace talk between the NSCN IM and the government of India that would affect the integrity of these NE states.

In the meeting that was held today at Manipur Press Club in Imphal reaffirmed the resolutions taken at the discussion on “Possible outcomes of the Framework Agreement in the context of Manipur” at Lamyanba Sanglen, Imphal on November 18. The discussion session was organised by All Manipur United Clubs Organisation (AMUCO), Committee of Civil Societies, Kangleipak (CCSK) and United Committee Manipur (UCM).

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The discussion took the resolution that the framework agreement at any cost should not break the unity and territorial boundary of Manipur.

It declared that even if said that the agreement will not affect the territory of Manipur, any administrative purpose and programmes related with the frame work agreement that would be exercised within the state should not be taken up without the approval of the government of India, government of Manipur and the people.

The third resolution says that the demand of the NSCN IM to unite together Naga inhabited areas of North East should not be directly or indirectly transform into  Pan Naga Cultural/ Provincial/ Territorial Council or Financial Autonomy or  Ethnic Administrative Division or any Structural body formation as if recognised.

The open discussion concluded with the resolution that inorder to protect the love and unity among the people who have been living together for many years the India government should be pressed with the following points:

The State Ratification should be made compulsory if the parliament has to invoke the Article 3 of the Indian Constitution.

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It should be introduced in the Article 371 of the Indian constitution as a new provision that without ratification of the state assembly, the government of India should not interfere in the age old political and historical identity of Manipur that has been since before Manipur merged to India.

Today’s meeting at the press club also took the resolution that the political parties shall not work individually. This resolution of the people should be respected by all.

All political parties should press their respective political party leaders on the issue. At the same time a team of the civil society organisations similarly press the central leaders.

The Framework agreement was signed between the India government and the NSCN IM on August 3, 2015 to bring a final conclusion to the years’ long Naga issue of forming a separate land or administration for the Nagas by uniting Naga inhabited areas.

It was expected that a final solution of the peace talk will be brought soon ahead of the Nagaland Assembly Election that falls in March next year. Voice from the people of Assam, Arunachal and Manipur has been in the air against possibility of territorial or administrative separation within these states if the demand of NSCN IM is fulfilled by the unrevealed content of the Framework Agreement.

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However, interlocutor of the Naga peace talks RN Ravi who earlier said that the conclusion of the peace talk were moving closure to a solution to the Naga issue has recently said that the framework agreement will not be able to be the final solution when he was summoned by the parliamentary standing committee on Ministry of Home affairs recently. He told a parliamentary panel here on Monday that “no deadline” could be fixed for the Naga peace agreement and talks were on with at least five or six Naga groups other than the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah).

“After years of conflict, there is hope. Aspirations should be met soon. I am confident that a final agreement will be reached soon,” said President Ram Nath Kovind while inaugurating Hornbill Festival at Kisama, yesterday. However he refrained from announcing a time frame for the final solution.

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