Dimapur, May 20: The NSCN (IM) has asked the Manipur Government and political leaders that are at the helm of affairs in Manipur to exercise caution and restrain from giving out any “irresponsible statement to provoke the Nagas.”
The NSCN (IM) was reacting to the Manipur Chief Secretary’s letter to Union Home Secretary regarding “unauthorized camps of NSCN in Manipur.”
“NSCN have taken note of the Manipur Chief Secretary writing a letter to Union Home Secretary (Govt. of India) as prodded by the UCM, wherein he mentioned that the Indo-Naga ceasefire does not extend to the state of Manipur. He has taken strong exception to what he said as unauthorized camps of NSCN in Manipur. We are, however, constrained to point out that the ceasefire covers all Naga territories and thus, peace process covers all Naga territories. This spirit has guided the 22 years of Indo-Naga political talks throughout. It was this mutual understanding and respect that has carried the talks this far,” said a NSCN (IM) statement.
The NSCN (IM) regretted that amidst the worldwide battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, the United Committee Manipur (UCM) has fired a salvo against the NSCN in particular and to the Nagas in general. “Such a repeated spiteful remark by UCM against the Nagas is not going anywhere to reverse the historical reality and movement that has brought about the ongoing Indo-Naga political talks running more than twenty two (22) years. More than that, such an absurdity shall not succeed the final scrutiny of Naga people’s sacrifice for over seventy (70) years that is recorded in blood, sweat and tears,” it said.
The statement said notwithstanding the UCM’s attempt “to create volatile situation we have the dignity to say that NSCN have great respect and good relationship with the Meitei people.”
“Therefore, UCM should restrain itself from inciting its own people,” it stated.
The NSCN stated that it has the foresight that Indo-Naga political solution will bring about peace in the northeast region of India and will immensely benefit the people of Manipur, politically and economically.
“Meanwhile, Manipur government and the political leaders that are at the helm of affairs should exercise caution and restrain themselves from giving out any irresponsible statement to provoke the Nagas, lest it turn out to be a historical blunder and undo the age old relationship detrimental to all,” it added. (Page News Service)