AMUCO presses alarm bell on GoI-IM threat to territory

STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL, 9th Nov: Expressing apprehension that resolution to the peace-talk between NSCN (IM) and Government of India, which is said to be entering its final phase, is very much likely to pose threat to the territorial integrity of Manipur, All Manipur United Clubs’ Organisation (AMUCO) president Ph Deban has appealed to the people, clubs, Meira Paibi, intellectuals and political parties to be vigilant for saving Manipur.

Addressing the gathering on the occasion of observing the 10th foundation day of Singjamei to Lilong United Club’s Organisation (SLUCO), the AMUCO president said a resolution to the peace-talk between the NSCN (IM) and the government of India is very much likely in near future and there is much apprehension that the settlement between the two sides might distort the territorial boundary of Manipur.

Any issue confronting Manipur can be effectively tackled by the people and local bodies, Deban said, adding that big problems faced by the state were always solved by the people, clubs, Meira
Paibis and organisations through active coordination and understanding amongst them. He cited that resolution of Naga-Kuki clash of 1992-93 was brought through the help of local bodies and Meira Paibis.

The AMUCO president also said that the mammoth rally taken out in Imphal on August 4, 1997 in protest against extension of the cease-fire agreement signed between NSCN (IM) and the Central government into Manipur was successful due to the support of the people and Meira Paibis. It was also due to the support rendered by the people and Meira Paibis that the ‘divide and rule’ policy of the government of India was defeated after the June 18, 2001 incident, he said and appealed to people to be cautious of their national responsibility, decision and steps on the issue.

Reports from media, intelligence and other sources have revealed that the ongoing peace-talk between NSCN (IM) and government of India is likely to arrive at a resolution soon. As AMUCO alone is unable to take responsibility solely on the issue, discussion with other organisations and local bodies have been initiated for taking a collective responsibility, he disclosed.

The event was also attended by SLUCO president K Santosh Luwang, AMUCO advisor and SLUCO founder president W Gonendro, SLUCO advisor Th Dilip and SLUCO advisor N Tomba as presidium members. 

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