UNC asks state government to reduce tension in the valley
IMPHAL | Sept 12 : United Naga Council (UNC) has urged the state government to try to reduce the increasing tension in the state particularly in Imphal valley alleging that the law and order situation has become ‘progressively’ bad to worst.
The UNC in a statement said deep animosity and distrust and the continuing confrontation between two ethnic groups is heating up in the state when the Naga people are striving for the restoration of peace and communal harmony to live together as a good neighbour.
“The Naga people have exercised maximum restrains to any challenges but is giving a cautionary message to face any forms of challenges and situations”, it said.
The deep social divide and psychological division in the present state of Manipur will continue until and unless the hard facts of one’s history and originality is mutually honoured and respected, it asserted while attributing that the present problem is the product of two different people living together from different origin and history.
Several attempts have been made politically, socially and culturally for the last many decades to maintain social harmony in the state, yet entire attempts were unsuccessful, it noted.
It held that the final settlement of Indo-Naga political issue at the earliest is the only answer to bring durable peace, security and stability in the region. Moreover, the Naga political issue is a fact of life in South East Asia and this hard fact cannot be wished away by any forces, the UNC added.
The Naga body also urged the Centre to give up its traditional policy of looking at Naga resistance movement from a security point of view.
It said that no amount of money pumped into Naga territory could put an end to Naga National Movement as the Naga National struggle is not aiming at the economic development and that the struggle continued for more than half a century basically for political recognition of Naga as a distinct nation.
Further asserting that the movement is basically a struggle of an emerging nationality for a political identity of its own, being basically a political issue, the Centre has ultimately realised that the Naga issue would not be solved through military or monetary means, it noted.
As a result, having recognised the unique history of the Nagas and situation, the historic Indo-Naga Framework Agreement was signed on August 3, 2015, at New Delhi, it said.
The UNC also said that in view of the prevailing political development and anomalous situation in the state, it convened a Joint Review Meeting on August 23, 2018 at TNK Community Hall, Tahamzam (Senapati), thereby cautioning the Naga people, Naga elected representatives, political leaders, political parties, un-mandated organisations and individual who are living in the state to uphold the joint declaration in letter and spirit.
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