AMUCO, UCM turn down invite
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, May 13 2010: Welcoming the invitation by the Coordinating Committee of Naga Civil Society for a joint dialogue at Guwahati, All Manipur United Clubs' Organisation (AMUCO) and United Committee Manipur (UCM) in separate statements have however said the prevailing situation in Manipur has compelled both to stay put here, monitor the situation, remain vigilant and work for preventing undesired consequences.

A statement issued by Publicity secretary NC Modhuchandra said as the invitation for a joint session at Guwahati on May 13 was flashed through the newspapers, AMUCO would not be able to attend the same due to time constraint as well as the present volatile situation in the State.

The indefinite economic blockade imposed by the All Naga Students' Association, Manipur along the highways is still in force and vehicles from Manipur are not allowed to pass through Nagaland by the Naga Students' Federation, said AMUCO.

The State forces had earlier stopped members of the NSF including its president to cross the Mao gate as preventive measures against the proposed visit of Th Muivah.

Conveying appreciation to the Naga Civil Society's initiative, AMUCO said it believes in resolving all outstanding issues in the region through negotiations and will prepare for a people to people dialogue at a future date.

The secretary also regretted AMUCO's inability to reach Guwahati at such a critical juncture as working for maintaining tranquillity in the State deserves top priority.

Meanwhile, UCM president Yumnamcha Dilipkumar in a statement also expressed warm welcome to the Naga Civil society's invitation.

"However, as the situation in Manipur is highly critical it would not be possible for the UCM leadership to entertain the request to meet in Guwahati on May 13," the UCM president said.

He further affirmed that UCM is looking forward to meet the Naga civil society at an appropriate time and place in the future.