STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL, 22nd Dec:
Leaders of various civil society organisations of the state met Centre’s interlocutor for Naga peace talks RN Ravi and discussed the issue of framework agreement which was signed between NSCN-IM and Government of India at Delhi on Friday.
The CSO leaders met RN Ravi at about 11.30 am and discussed in detail the issue of framework agreement. During the meeting, the CSO leaders told RN Ravi to take into account of views of all stakeholders before taking a final decision on the framework agreement, without which there can be no solution at all.
During the previous two and Friday’s meetings Ravi had maintained that the interest of Manipur would not be compromised and that the state’s paramountcy would be kept intact. When the CSO leaders enquired on how the paramountcy of Manipur could be kept intact and whether the centre had taken up any steps in this regard, the interlocutor reportedly said that nothing has been finalised.
He explained that the FA is just a tentative proposal and there is nothing official over the matter.
The meeting discussed ways and means of bringing about a solution to the issue which could be acceptable to all and RN Ravi assured to look into the matter with utmost care. He also expressed that there is still need for further round of meetings.
If the framework agreement has anything to do with the states of Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, then the people and government of the three states cannot be ignored. They should also be made a party to the agreement and the agreement should be acceptable to the three states as well, the CSO leaders said to RN Ravi while adding that if the government of India does not respect the existence of the three states there could be serious repercussions and the Indian government should be responsible for any eventuality.
Apart from RN Ravi, the CSO leaders also met union minister of state for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju and submitted a memorandum.
The CSO leaders who met RN Ravi and Kiren Rijiju included UCM president Elangbam Johnson, CCSK vice president Jitendra Ningomba and AMUCO president Ph Deban Sharma among others.
It may be mentioned that the CSO leaders had already met AICC president Rahul Gandhi, MPs of CPI, CPI national secretary D Raja, Lok Jana Shakti party president Ram Vilas Paswan, AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal, NPP president and MP Conrad Sangma, NPP national general secretary and MP Anil Desai, all of whom assured help in bringing about a consensus on the issue.