Truce with KNO/UPF extended for another year

CORRESPONDENT/NNN KANGPOKPI/DIMAPUR, 9th Aug: The Suspension of Operation (SoO) agreement with the Kuki National Organisation (KNO) and the United People’s Front (UPF) has been extended for another year effective from August 31, 2017. The agreement was arrived at in Wednesday's meeting between KNO), UPF, Central government and Government of Manipur in New Delhi.

However, there was no political discussion as the session was technically confined to introduction of the new Interlocutor of SoO groups namely Dineshwar Sharma to the KNO and UPF leaders. The meeting was held at Ashoka Hotel, New Delhi from 11.30 am and lasted till 1 pm.

It is informed that Dineshwar will be visiting Manipur in connection with the Kuki political issue. The extension of SoO agreement for another year was signed by Aaron Kipgen, Calvin H, L Sanga Hmar, Romeo Haokip and David Chongloi representing UPF and TS Haokip, T Samuel, David Hangshing, Lalpu Hangshing and LM Dimo Zou of KNO while MHA joint secretary (NE) Satyendra Garg and additional chief secretary (home) Dr J Suresh Babu respectively represented the Central and state governments.

Talking to Newmai News Network over phone from New Delhi, Satyendra Garg informed that there was “no political discussion” in the meeting with the KNO and UPF.

He said the Government of India is very much concerned with the “ground rules violations” by the SoO groups. “We have categorically told the KNO and UPF leaders about the SoO ground rules violations,” said the MHA official, adding, “Moreh town and the National Highways are our special focuses.” Satyendra also said that the Government of India representatives have told the KNO and UPF that security agencies will seriously deal with those groups violating the SoO ground rules.

Satyendra also maintained that Wednesday’s meeting was a meaningful one “though there was no political discussion”. He further stated that substantive talk will follow soon between the KNO, UPF, the Government of Manipur and the new Interlocutor. However, he did not disclose as to when the next round of talks will be held. Meanwhile, KNO ‘negotiator’ Dr Seilen Haokip told NNN from New Delhi that “we have explained everything” to the Government representatives on the allegations of the ground rules violations by the SoO groups. Dr Seilen also said that the meeting was “good”. The KNO leader then expressed hope that the next round of talks will be held soon along with confiding that there are positive indications from the present Government to resolve the issue in a time-bound manner.

According to UPF spokesperson Aaron Kipgen the political issue of the Kukis shall be henceforth dealt minutely by the new Interlocutor when he visits Kuki inhabited areas in Manipur.

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