The Zeliangrong United Front (ZUF) on Wednesday announced that its Cessation of Operation (CoO) agreement with the Central and state government was established “in principle,” keeping the trust and mutuality of both sides to work out the process of negotiating the political issues for lasting and early settlement of the long-drawn aspiration for a secured homeland.
The agreement is only the pre-condition for talk and not the content of the political talk, ZUF stated in a release signed by secretary, information and publicity John Pame.
The agreement is made to bring about lasting peace and work towards all round development and fulfillment of overall aspirations of the Zeliangrong people, it stated.
Having established the mutual trust and understanding on the issues in hand and circumstances leading to signing the Cessation of Operation of arms activities of ZUF and Indian military organisations against each other, and to enter into political talk with the Government of India, the Cessation of Operation Agreement (CoO) was ultimately signed on December 27, 2022, it stated.
The ZUF after a series of informal talks with the Government of India have drawn a distinct mutual understanding in matters of Zeliangrong political issues, it mentioned.
After thorough reasoning and deliberations as to how and why the ZUF was determined and compelled to take up the ‘ZPC movement', the Government of India has come to understand the factual political rights and history of struggle that have long been ignored and neglected and resurfaced as it is today, it stated.
ZUF in its process of informal rounds of talks with the Government of India since 2020 till the time of the signing of the agreement, have maintained and observed cordial and mutual understanding and relations built and progressed that has culminated this far, it stated.
Both sides have established the confidence that talk for peace and development can be possible only under a conducive and peaceful environment, it maintained.
“It is our pleasure and earnest hope to work out our solution with the Government of India under the noble leadership of the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi,” ZUF stated.
ZUF further expressed its “deep gratitude and appreciation to leaders of India who took keen interest and noble concern for the long depraved and underdeveloped people of the region by taking up the matter to the attention, recognition and understanding at the highest level of India.”
“We also convey our deep appreciation and gratitude to chief minister of Manipur N Biren Singh for his deep concern and love shown towards our people and took the initiative to reach out to make things work for peace and greater understanding with our issues and people,” it added.