Draft memo on Naga issue complete

Drafting of a memorandum to be submitted to the Government of India with regard to imminent resolution of the ongoing peace talk with NSCN(IM) was completed during the third and last meeting of the Memorandum Drafting Sub Committee of All Political Parties held on Friday at the office of deputy chief minister Yumnam Joykumar at Manipur Secretariat (North Block) here.

Speaking to media persons after the meeting, Dy CM Joykumar, who is the chairman of the sub-committee informed that after three rounds of meeting of the sub-committee this month, a memorandum has been drafted. The draft memorandum will be submitted to chief minister in a day or two. After that, an all-party meeting would be convene to finalise the memorandum as soon as possible and submit the same to the Prime Minister, he said.

Proposals and suggestions made by members representing different political parties were noted in the meetings before drafting the memorandum. Suggestions from experts and political analysts were also taken in the process. While most of the political parties attended the three meetings, Congress submitted a written information for opting out of the sub-committee until the stand of NPF is finalised. Shiv Sena also expressed its trust in the sub-committee and its members are already stationed in the national capital to press its national leaders, he informed.

Members cutting across party lines are of the opinion that territorial integrity of Manipur should not be compromised while bringing a solution to the ongoing Indo-Naga peace talk. Though the details of the draft memorandum could not be disclosed at the moment, the main demands are – no compromise on state’s territorial integrity and strong opposition to bifurcation of administration to appease a particular community, Joykumar conveyed.

Joykumar noted that there has been an apprehension among the people of the state that by December this year there may be a solution to the Naga issue and it may affect the territorial integrity of Manipur. State Government will definitely urge the Centre not to compromise the territorial integrity of Manipur at any cost, he said.

AITC state president Soraisam Manaoton, who was also present in the press conference, said that some sections of the public are complaining against the sub-committee taking much time in drafting the memorandum.

However, finalising of the draft memorandum in just three sittings convened within a span of just 17 days could not be termed as slow progress at all.

CPM state executive member Kh Shanta was also present at the press conference.

It may be mentioned that the Memorandum Drafting Sub Committee was formed after an all-party meeting held in this regard on October 28 in Imphal. The first, second and third meeting of the sub-committee were held on the November 2, 14 and 17 respectively at the office chamber of the deputy chief minister.

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