UNC urges PM Modi to expedite Indo-Naga Political Issue in accordance with FA Amidst Meitei Kuki-Zo Conflict

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Ukhrul: In the backdrop of the ongoing conflict between the Meitei and Kuki communities, the United Naga Council (UNC), representing the Naga people of Manipur, has reiterated its established position and called for an expedited resolution of the Indo-Naga political issue, in alignment with the Framework Agreement signed on August 3, 2015.

In a memorandum addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 5, the UNC extended congratulations on his third consecutive tenure and acknowledged the contributions of his administration. The memorandum signed by Vareiyo Shatsang, General Secretary, and Ng. Lorho, President of the UNC, outlined the council’s persistent efforts for peace and justice since the Indo-Naga ceasefire in 1997.

Reiteration of Nagas’ Position

The ongoing conflict between the Meitei and Kuki communities in Manipur has had significant adverse impacts on the Nagas in the state. In response to the unrest, the UNC instituted a “Peace Committee” on May 3, 2023, to facilitate peace-building efforts. The committee has been actively working to ease the humanitarian crisis by hosting displaced victims from both communities and providing for their basic needs.

The UNC emphasized that the situation in Manipur could have been avoided with more people-friendly policies from the Government of India (GOI). The council reiterated its position that any plans for resolving the conflict must be formulated with extreme caution to prevent further disputes. They firmly stated their opposition to any policies that might alienate Naga lands to appease specific communities.

The council highlighted the importance of preserving the territorial integrity of Naga-inhabited areas, including the undivided districts of Senapati, Ukhrul, Chandel, Tamenglong, and Churachandpur, as well as the newly created districts of Kamjong, Kangpokpi, Tengnoupal, and Noney.

Appeal for Expedited Peace Process

The UNC called for a swift and logical conclusion to the Indo-Naga political conflict, stressing the significance of the Framework Agreement signed on August 3, 2015.

The agreement, based on the principle of shared sovereignty, holds a positive place in the hearts of the Nagas. However, nearly nine years after its signing, no tangible solution has been reached, UNC said.

The Naga apex body in Manipur urged the Government of India to recognize the sanctity of the Naga national flag and constitution, which it said symbolize the identity and guiding principles of the Naga people. UNC insisted that these symbols be given their rightful place of honor and respect.

The letter concluded urging the Prime Minister “to sincerely intervene and settle the Indo- Naga political Issue once and for all. Resolving the Indo- Naga issue will   go a long way for peace and progress in the North East.  We wish you good health and success.”

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