Naga solution not at the cost of Manipur, says N Biren Singh

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IMPHAL, September 26: Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Wednesday said the state government will not allow Manipur to break while resolving he Naga issue.
The state government’s position to safeguard Manipur’s territorial integrity and unity stands firm, Biren told reporters on the sidelines of observing Meyamgi Numit (People’s Day) and Hill Leaders’ Day at the Durbar Hall. He added that the state government has been reminding the Centre that the state’s unity and territorial integrity should not be breached while settling the Naga problem.
“It is very clear that any part of Manipur should not be disturbed. Manipur will remain as a state and so its territorial boundary, integrity and administration will remain intact,” said Biren.
Responding a query, Biren said the reported demand of the NSCN (I-M) to recognise and accept its “flag” and “constitution” in the peace process is not related to the Manipur government and his office affairs for which he will not comment on it. Asked about the prolonged land dispute at the historic Manipur Rajbari in Shillong, he added that an official team would be sent there to inspect the condition of the area.
On the occasion, the brand ambassador for CM’s ‘Green Manipur Mission’, Valentina Elangbam, along with her parents, met Biren for the first time. The CM welcomed the nine-year-old girl and advised her to keep on encouraging people to plant more and more trees. Biren and Valentina distributed saplings among the visitors. (TNN)