UCM submits memo to Prime Minister on Naga talks

IMPHAL, November 4: The United Committee, Manipur (UCM) has submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh today saying that the people of Manipur will not tolerate any move of the Government of India that is against the interest of the state in the event of the signing of agreement with the NSCN (IM).
Informing the media about its memorandum today, UCM President Yumnam Nabachandra said even if the territorial integrity of Manipur is not affected anything that may be a negative factor for the relationship of the various communities of Manipur will be thwarted by the UCM when an agreement is inked between New Delhi and the NSCN (IM).

Nabachandra however said the UCM welcomes the peace talks between the government of India and the NSCN (IM) to bring about a solution to the long standing deadlock but will vehemently oppose any step that pose threat to the territorial integrity of the State and to any solution that might inflict hatred to different peace loving communities of Manipur.

The UCM has also demanded a white paper on the 15 years long peace process between the government of India and the NSCN (IM) in the true spirit of the Indian democracy so that the people of Manipur are not kept in complete darkness before sacrificing Manipur at the altar of peace.
“The government of India will be held fully responsible for total alienation of the people of Manipur from the Indian mainland and the far reaching consequences thereof,” the UCM memorandum to the Prime Minister cautions.

Meanwhile, the UCM memorandum to the Prime Minister said, “On the behalf of the people of Manipur, the United Committee Manipur (UCM) would like to submit this memorandum to draw your kind attention in connection with the latest development to bring a logical conclusion to the peace process between the Government of India and the NSCN-IM”.

Reminding of the historical background of Manipur, her international treaties with the then British India Government and Burma (Myanmar) that Manipur was recognized as a sovereign princely state was maintained more than 2000 years within the South East Asia, the memorandum added.

Manipur was conquered by the British India Government on 27th April, 1891 after Anglo-Manipur war of 1891, the UCM missive further added.
“Remembering the historic event of 1947 that Manipur regained her sovereignty after the lapse of British paramouncy on 14th August, 1947 that the state was a sovereign princely state. Then, Manipur had a popular government after a general election of 1948 under the Manipur Constitution Act, 1947.

“Deeply concerned with the historic event of Manipur that the Maharaja of Manipur, Shrijut Bodhachandra was cordoned at Shillong and took signature on the already prepared Merger Agreement under duress and coercion and hence, Manipur became a Part-C State within the Dominion of India since then. This is the fact file of the background of Manipur. Since time immemorial, all the ethnic communities of Manipur have been living together peacefully and harmoniously,” the memorandum recalled.
Reminding the recent and last promises made by the then and present Prime Ministers and Home Ministers upon the peace loving people of Manipur that the Manipur’s boundary and area must not be disturbed at the negotiation between NSCN-IM and government of India, that must be kept unchanged, the UCM stated.

“Honouring the Manipur State Assembly’s resolutions took place many times for the protection of the territorial integrity of Manipur, we hope that the Union Government should also honour the same,” the UCM stated. The people of Manipur will never compromise with the territorial integrity of Manipur besides the democratic functioning of the state of Manipur just to appease the NSCN (IM), it stated. NNN/MExn


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