Aug 29, 2013

Nagalim: UNC Calls For Manipur Negotiations

The United Naga Council (UNC) on Wednesday said the Centre has scheduled the sixth round of tripartite talks on the council's demand for an alternative arrangement (AA) for the 'Naga areas' of Manipur in New Delhi on Friday [30 August 2013].

The following article was taken from The Times of India

The UNC said it raised the AA demand because "the Nagas of Manipur cannot live with dignity and honour and protect their rights to life and property, identity, land, resources, traditional institutions and customary practices under the state government.

"Besides imposing a 48-hour general strike in Manipur's 'Naga areas' this month, the UNC also imposed a ban on central projects in these areas in protest against the Centre's failure to resume the tripartite talks with the council.A six-member Naga delegation, led by UNC president L Adani, reached New Delhi on Wednesday [28 August 2013] for the talks. "We will focus only on the alternative arrangement demand during Friday's talks. The issues to be brought up by us will be based on historical facts, ground realities and the political aspects of the Nagas," UNC general secretary Gaidon Kamei told TOI from New Delhi.

"We may also discuss genuine issues related to the alternative arrangement," said Kamei, who is also a member of the Naga delegation.

Besides Adani and Kamei, other members of the delegation include the chairman of the committee on AA demand, Paul Leo, vice-chairman Ashinpou Gangmei and presidents of the All Naga Students' Association, Manipur (Ansam) and the Chandel Naga People's Organization (CNPO).

The fifth round of tripartite talks was held at Senapati in Manipur on February 12 this year.

Adani recently said that the Naga People's Convention on July 1, 2010, had declared severance of political ties with the state government. The convention had also demanded the AA, pending final settlement of the Naga peace talks, he said.