KNO arrogates of solving Kuki issue before settling Naga peace talk
IMPHAL | Sept 11 : The issue of Kuki should be solved before settling the Naga peace talk or simultaneously with it, stated spokesperson of Kuki National Organisation (KNO), Seilen Haokip to the media persons today during the three-day observance of the 25th Kuki Black Day (Sahnit-Ni).
He said the substantial talks of the Kuki issue has not started yet but it is in preparation stage, and so far only seven meetings have been held between the Kuki militants SoO group and the central government.
As there is another umbrella organisation of Kuki militants called United Peoples Front (UPF), it takes time for all the Kuki militant groups to bring all together for meetings, he added.
“Referring to the committee chaired by former Union minister, P. Chidambaram, it has been highlighted in a document that the Kuki issue must be solved along with the Naga issue, so that justice will be delivered for all the concerns,” said Seilen.
While questioning the stand of KNO over the possible outcome of the Indo-Naga framework agreement, the spokesperson said, “We do not begrudge the Nagas having their deal as long as it does not affect us.”
He also claimed that the demand of constituting a separate ‘home land’ for Kuki was dropped in terms of political objectives and has been changed to formation of separate Kuki territorial council.
“Things will be improved if we have our own self determination and have the constitutional rights to ask for separate territorial council,” he added.
The spokesperson elaborated that before the British rule, the Kukis had its own self-administration and have been having cordial relationships between the Meitei community till today with mutual respect which is the key for co-existence.
Seilen also said that Kuki Black Day has been observed since the last 25 years decrying the mass slaughter of more than 1000 lives of innocent Kukis by the NSCN-IM and seeking justice for the victims in the Kuki genocide.
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