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Mao people’s movement still restricted within Southern Angami jurisdiction: SAPO

Nagaland News

DIMAPUR, JANUARY 7: Reiterating that its decision to restrict movement of Mao people within Southern Angami jurisdiction will continue, the Southern Angami Public Organization (SAPO) today declared that henceforth SAPO will also cease all cooperation to the Mao community.
In a statement issued today, SAPO said it is committed to its decision to restrict the movement of Mao people within its jurisdiction until Mao Council and Manipur Government withdraws its armed troops from Kezoltsa and cease all development activities and programmes to pave way for free and fair democratic dialogue on the issue traditionally.
SAPO claimed that till date, it had stood committed and honoured Tenyimia Public Organization (TPO’s) directives and undertakings with regard to Kezoltsa issue. But it alleged that the Mao Council and the Manipur State Government have been non-committal and repeatedly violated the TPO’s directives.
Declaring that SAPO will continue to defend and uphold the integrity of Southern Angami land and “will not part an inch of our traditional land towards the encroachers”, the statement said it is high time the legitimacy of the claims of the Mao people be determined either by selecting traditional boundaries or by political boundaries and not by taking undue advantage of the Manipur Government and drawing imaginary political boundary, which cannot fetch peace and tranquillity within brotherhood.
(Page News Service)