ZRO calls for refraining from diluting peace efforts
The ZRO said that the government is sincerely working towards a peaceful conclusion of political talks with SoO groups in Manipur.
Updated 30 Jun 2022, 2:10 pm
The ZRO/ZRA entered into Suspension of Operations (SoO) with the Government of India for a peaceful solution to their political demands, the organisation said on Thursday. It called on the people to refrain from diluting the good intentions of the state government in bringing about peace and development in the state.
The secretary of Information and Public Relations, KL Zomi and secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, Ketheos Zomi of the Zomi Re-Unification Organisation (ZRO) spoke about the steps taken so far by the organisation and the ongoing political dialogue between the Union Government and SoO groups.
ZRO/ZRA entered into SoO with the government of India in 2005 to address and resolve the political demands of Zomi in Manipur through peaceful political process and that the Tripartite SoO, involving governments of India and Manipur, was signed under the banner of UPF and KNO in 2008, they informed.
After several rounds of talks, the BJP and NEDA leaders offered the creation of an Autonomous Territorial Council based on Sixth Schedule with BTC model on February 19, 2017. The BJP central leadership showed their sincerity in their promises and appointed an Interlocutor for SoO groups on July 27, 2017. Since then, tripartite political talks have continued smoothly under a healthy atmosphere, said the leaders.
The leaders, however, lamented that while the talks were reaching its final stage, a difference of opinion emerged over the issue of naming the Territorial Council, due to which, the proposal was further refined as Southern Manipur Autonomous Territorial Council (SMATC) by UPF (Zomi) and HPC(D) after due consultation with the people. This was done to accommodate every community, both tribal and non-tribal, who have been living together harmoniously in Southern Manipur State, the leaders added.
They also stated that as the government is sincerely working towards a peaceful conclusion of political talks with SoO groups in Manipur, and the Hon‘ble Chief Minister of Manipur also expressed his desire to conclude the Talks with SoO groups at the earliest possible, the people of the state should refrain from diluting the good intention of the government to pave way for peaceful, harmonious and equitable development, and to usher in an era of vibrant administration in this strategically located border state of the country.
Since the talks are conducted within the parameters of SoO ground rules and the Constitution of India, it is not a threat to the state’s integrity, they stated.
“We, at ZRO, appealed to the public to stay alert and stick to their ground as some disgruntled leaders are hell-bent on detailing the on-going political talks. May our political talks reach its logical conclusion with a rich political harvest,” said the ZRO leaders.
The two cabinet of ZRO/ZRA also thanked the media for supporting them especially where they can't possibly go and talk to everyone, asking them to desist from publishing news that brought about communal or sectional enmity and misunderstanding of different religion.
First published:30 Jun 2022, 2:10 pm
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Churachandpur district, Manipur
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