Senapati: The United Naga Council reiterated its rejection of the declaration of 7 new districts on December 8, 2016 by the then government of Manipur. This was stated from the publicity wing of the United Naga Council on Wednesday.
The release mentioned that in the wake of the ethnic conflict that has engulfed the state of Manipur since May 3, 2023 in the midst of violently manifested geographical and demographic contestation between the conflicting parties, it has become critical for the Nagas to bring out to the public domain the unsettled issue of the rejection of the creation of 7 new districts on December 8, 2016 by the then Congress ruled state government of Manipur.
“The Nagas have rejected the declaration of 7 new districts on December 8, 2016 and strongly demonstrated the rejection with mass rally held in Naga district headquarters on December 15, 2016 and the 139 days of economic blockade along the National Highways in the past,” it added.
It also said that the 10 rounds of tripartite talks between the government of Manipur, the United Naga Council and the government of India on the issue of the above creation of new districts was based on the recognition that “there was nonadherence to the 4 (four) memorandum of Understanding” signed by the government of Manipur with Naga organisations and the assurance of the government of India on the matter.
The United Naga Council has clearly placed in the public domain and in its memorandum to the government of India that the Nagas will not accept any disintegration of Naga land or any act that will adversely affect the interest of the Nagas while attempting to address demands by any other community.
The United Naga Council therefore reiterated its position against the arbitrary, undemocratic, unconstitutional and divisive declaration of 7 new districts of 8/12/2016 by the the government of Manipur and any subsequent decision or ruling passed by any institution or authority on the matter stands rejected and shall be vehemently opposed till the same is withdrawn, it mentioned.
To rectify the errors of the past will surely prove to be beneficial to all concerned and restore confidence and goodwill in the system, it said.