Union Home Minister Amit Shah meets Manipur CSOs before winding up the trip

Union Home Minister Amit Shah meets Manipur CSOs before winding up the trip

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Imphal, December 27 2020: Union Home Minister Amit Shah met office bearers of BJP and representatives of CSOs this evening delaying his return to Delhi by nearly 2 hours. Shri Amit Shah left Imphal at 7.25 pm in the evening.

Before his departure, a meeting of the BJP core committee was also convened.

According to reliable information, the Union Home Minister met representatives of different civil society organisations-Coordination Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI), United Naga Council (UNC), Kuki Inpi, Zeliangrong Baudi at Classic Grande after the event at Hapta Kangjeibung.

Manipur Chief Minister also took to twitter about the meeting and emphasized Union Minister’s commitment to issues plaguing Manipur.

Meeting with COCOMI Representatives

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COCOMI representative presenting traditional shawl

It is also reported that 6 representatives of COCOMI had appealed to the visiting Union Home Minister to grant special status to Manipur and avoid hurting the interest of communities residing here in sealing a final solution to the Naga issue.

The source also informed that Amit Shah had assured the representatives that a settlement to the “Naga issue” will not hurt the State’s interest.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has assured the representative of Coordinating Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI) not to consider/grant autonomy to any community in Manipur, COCOMI assistant coordinator Khuraijam Athouba said.

COCOMI assistant coordinator Khuraijam Athouba said that union home minister has intimated that he is working on to bring out a formula to resolve all internal problems in the state

Meeting with Kuki Inpi Manipur

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The Kuki Inpi Manipur submitted a memorandum to Union Home Minister Amit Shah demanding exclusion of Kuki inhabited areas in the final solution to the Naga peace talks.

The memorandum stated that the issue of Naga integration has caused fear in the minds of the Kukis residing in Chandel, Tengnoupal, Kangpokpi, Churachandpur, Pherzawl and some parts of Tamenglong, Ukhrul and Senapati districts. Appealing the Union Home Minister to settle the “NSCN-IM’s criminal acts of murdering more than 1000 innocent Kukis including children, uprooting of 360 villages and seizing their ancestral land and displacing of over 100,000 Kuki people”, KIM said that any solution to the Naga issue without legal settlement of the Kuki issue will sow seeds of social and political upheaval in the region

Meeting with UNC

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Meanwhile, the United Naga Council also submitted a memorandum to Amit Shah requesting for inclusive and honourable Indo-Naga political settlement based on the unique history and situation of the Nagas.

UNC also urged the centre to recognise the Naga national flag and Constitution, the soul and body of Naga Nationhood and for integration of all the contiguous Naga areas in the inclusive final agreement for the ends of lasting and durable peace in the region.

The memorandum stated that the 9 Point Agreement (Sir Akbar-Hydari) signed on the June 26-28, 1947, the 16 Point Agreement signed on July 26, 1960 and the Shillong Accord signed on November 11, 1975 between the centre and the Naga people could not bring durable peace because the three agreements failed to address the political aspirations of the Naga people.

Meanwhile, peaceful procession were carried out in Naga dominating districts in line with the demands of the UNC.

Union Home Minister didn’t utter a word on Naga Peace Process

In his 24 minutes long speech, the Union Home Minister has not spell out a single words related to the Naga solution, which indirectly means that the solution of the vex Naga problem which is expected soon is not going to affect any part of the state of Manipur, a source said.

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People of the state had been expecting the visit of the Union Home Minister to consult the people of the state in connection with the solution of the problem of the NSCN-IM as there were rumours of affecting Manipur while finding a final solution.

The silence of the Home Minister in his speech about the Naga solution is an indication to the people of the state that no part of the state will be affected, a government source said.