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NH slams UCM ultimatum on CF extension

Dimapur, May 25: The Naga Hoho has taken strong exception to what it called the unwarranted ultimatum issued by the United Committee of Manipur (UCM) on May 23 on the ceasefire extension in all Naga areas, and has appealed to all to let the Indo-Naga peace agreement grow and come to full fruition without interference from outsiders.
“The Agreement has nothing to do with the interest of Meiteis in Manipur, rather it will bear fruit for the wellbeing of Meiteis. Nagas are least interested to meddle with issues unrelated to them,” the NH said in a statement.
The Naga Hoho said this is not the first time that the UCM have been provoking the Nagas on sensitive issues. The statement has come at a time when the peace-loving people are all eagerly waiting for the final solution to the vexed Indo-Naga political imbroglio at the highest level talks without territorial limits, it said.
Asking the UCM to remember that Naga people from Manipur state is a party to the cease-fire/ Framework Agreement signed between the two entities, the NH stated that the Agreement is for the Nagas who inhabits 80% of the landmass of Manipur. “It will be a tragic travail to sabotage the peace initiative being endorsed and taken up with the support of United Nations’ agencies, Unrepresented People’s Organization and other democratic nations.”
The NH insisted that there is nothing in the agreement that will suppress the rights, history and territorial boundaries of Meiteis. It asked the Meiteis to be aware that Nagas are a peace loving people, yearning to resolve the long drawn-out issue and assert their legitimate stand and rights without any bloodshed.
“As good neighbors, we will share neighborly relationship in all generations to come and the Nagas understand that there are many respectable and learned Meitis with whom we enjoy brotherly rapport till-date.”
“An eye for an eye approach, if equally employed by Nagas will result in unmanageable proposition in the history of mankind. The Government of Manipur is arbitrarily represented by the Meiteis of Manipur wherein the voice of the tribal in hill Districts are seldom upheld,” it said, adding if the Meitei led government bows to the whims and fancies of Meitei CSOs like UCM, the Nagas inhabiting the surrounding areas will be compelled to take up befitting measures in order to protect our rights. (Page News Service)