ANSAM turns down Govt proposal to talk with representatives; Talk only with CM: ANSAM
Source: The Sangai Express

Senapati, July 31 (NNN): Contrary to reports that the agitating All Naga Students� Association, Manipur (ANSAM) would hold talks with representatives of the Manipur Government at Senapati on August 1, the Naga student body today stated that there is no question of holding talks with the Government if the Chief Minister and the Chief Secretary of the State are not going to participate in the talk.

The decision not to hold the talk with the Government representatives was taken during an executive meeting today at an undisclosed location.

ANSAM has resolved that it would not hold talk with the Manipur Government since the Chief Minister and the Chief Secretary are not in the said delegation.

In its reply to the State Government�s letter No.1/25/2005�CM dated 29 July, 2005 and addressed to Binod Kispotta, secretary to the Chief Minister of Manipur, ANSAM today stated �while appreciating your willingness to resolve the issue pertaining to the non-cooperation movement launched by ANSAM, the proposed meeting of the Government delegates and ANSAM without the Chief Minister is not favourable to us�.

Today�s ANSAM reply to the Manipur Government, of which a copy was made available to Newmai News Network this evening and signed by the student body general secretary Robert T Maram, further stated, �we once again reiterate our stand that the talks be held with the Chief Minister of Manipur and the Chief Secretary of Manipur in order to arrive at an amicable understanding at the earliest possible time�.

In addition to this, ANSAM spokesman Ngachonmi Chamroy in a furious tone while reacting to some reports, said that �there is no question of preliminary talks�if there is going to be a talk that talk should be a serious and the main one�.

Chamroy then said that the Government should not try to impose its terms and conditions on ANSAM if it (Government) really wanted to resolve the imbroglio.

�Reports which said that a Ministerial delegation will meet us without the Chief Minister is a unilateral decision of the Government and we cannot accept such unilateral decision of the Government and the Government should not try to impose such decision on us,� added the ANSAM spokesman.

Our Staff Reporter adds: The Government had earlier decided to send a three member team to negotiate with the student body.

A reliable source informed The Sangai Express that the three member team which was to be deputed for the talk are PHED Minister Govindas Konthoujam, Commerce and Industries Minister N Mangi and Hill Areas Committee Chairman Songchinkhup.

Speaking to The Sangai Express ANSAM general secretary Robert T Maram said that an emergency executive body meeting was convened today afternoon to discuss the latest Government proposal wherein it was resolved to hold talks only with the Chief Minister.

Members present at the said meeting were unanimous in declining the session with Government representatives as nothing conclusive can be reached in the absence of the Chief Minister, Robert said.