|Headlines Vol. 3 Issue 57-58||July 7 - July 21, 2001|
PM assures Chouba of early solution of Manipur crisis
Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee has assured Minister of State for Food Processing T. Chouba Singh that some acceptable solution would be brought about soon with regard to the present crisis in Manipur.
The Prime Minister gave this assurance when Mr. Singh called on him recently and informed him about the gravity of the situation in Manipur and the fear of the people of Manipur that the extension of ceasefire in Manipur is a step towards creation of Greater Nagaland at the cost of territorial integrity of Manipur. Mr. Singh requested the Prime Minister that in order to convince the people of Manipur, the extension of ceasefire to Manipur must be reconsidered urgently. He also handed over a memorandum to the Prime Minister in this regard.
In his memorandum Chouba Singh said, "Manipur is today extremely worried that recent extension of ceasefire will only allow the NSCN (IM), a Thangkhul Naga dominated insurgent group, to build up their organisation in Naga inhabited areas of Manipur utilising the time of ceasefire. The people of Manipur apprehend that this may ultimately lead to the demand of Greater Nagaland at the cost of territorial integrity of Manipur in spite of your repeated assurances. As you are aware, Manipur is a multi-ethnic State and all the nine districts are inhabited by the Nagas as well as by other tribes and communities. This ground reality coupled with the current charged emotional sentiment of public has the potential of turning into civil disobedience movement followed by civil war and ethnic conflict."
Referring to the Common Minimum Programme
of the NDA, the memorandum says, "the CMP has reiterated commitment to maintaining
the territorial integrity of Manipur and other North-Eastern states. Public of Manipur has
taken this as non extension of ceasefire to Manipur as for the people of Manipur,
extension of ceasefire to Manipur is fully linked with demand of Greater Nagaland.
Therefore, recent extension of ceasefire between the NSCN (IM) and Government of India has
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