State boundary not negotiable: O Joy
Review CF ground rules, says MPP

Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, June 17, 2010 Manipur's territory should not be included in the agenda of the peace parleys between the Government of India and NSCN-IM during the forthcoming dialogue scheduled at New Delhi, asserted MPP Legislature Wing leader O Joy today.

Joy was speaking at the reception function of the 10 women activists of MPP's Chanura Marup who joined the fast unto death campaign demanding lifting of economic blockades, removal of Th Muivah from areas close to Manipur's boundary and driving out NSCN-IM cadres from the territory of Manipur.

Speaking at the reception function held at Kakwa Asem Leikai community hall today, Joy remarked that the NSCN-IM's demand for greater Nagaland is not supported by the State Government nor by any of the North East States.

Pointing out that the Government of India has gone on record that the territorial boundaries of the .North Eastern States would not altered because of the peace talk, Joy demanded that the question of Manipur's territory should not be included in the agenda of the dialogue.

He said that memoranda have been dispatched to the Prime Minister, the Union Home Minister and the Governor of Manipur towards this end.

Joy also demanded a thorough review of the cease fire ground rules between the Govt of India and NSCN-IM in consultation with the Governments of the North Eastern States.

The Government of India should not appoint any one of its choice as interlocutor.

New Delhi should appoint someone as interlocutor only under a consensus of the Northeastern States.

Pointing out that the more than 60 days' blockade is illegal and already banned by the Supreme Court; Joy conveyed fear that in addition to economic hardships caused by the on-going blockade, it has all the potential to ignite civil war.

Saying that MPP sus pended that its fast unto death campaign at the assurance of the Government of India that effective measures would be taken up to have the blockade lifted and that the territorial integrity of Manipur would not be affected, the MPP leader said that the same campaign will be re-launched if deemed necessary.