Ministerial team meets ANSAM; Joint statement silent on details of talk, more talks in the offing
Source: The Sangai Express

Senapati, August 03 (NNN): With the ANSAM finally agreeing and meeting the Ministerial team at Senapati today, there is strong likelihood that the economic blockade may be resolved in a few days time.

Breaking the ice, ANSAM leaders and the Ministerial team representing the Government of Manipur held a meeting at the Senapati DC�s office this evening at 3.Both the parties did not divulge the details of the talk but both sides agreed that further talks would be held to find a solution to the impasse.

However, no date and time has been fixed for the next round of talk.

Later in the evening, a joint statement signed by the Ministerial team and ANSAM leaders was issued to the press.

The joint statement was a brief, �The Ministerial delegation of the Government of Manipur had a preliminary meeting with ANSAM representatives at the DC office, Senapati today, the 3rd August, 2005 at 3 pm.

After due deliberation and consideration it was decided to have further talks to resolve the issue at the earliest in the greater interest of the general public�.

Calling it a preliminary talk, ANSAM spokesman Ngachonmi Chamroy, while talking to Newmai News Network tonight at Senapati, said that the talk was cordial and the representatives of the Manipur Government and ANSAM leaders felt positive that things would be resolved soon.

Manipur Commerce and Industries Minister Mangi Singh, PHED Minister Govindas Konthoujam, MoS for MOBC Allauddin Khan, MLA Dr Chaltonlien Amo and Manipur Additional Chief Secretary Saichuanna represented the Manipur Government side while ANSAM spokesman Ngachonmi Chamroy, ANSAM general secretary Robert T Maram and advisor L Benjamin Pou represented the student body.

The ANSAM spokesman also disclosed that the Naga student leaders and the Ministerial team including Manipur Additional Chief Secretary Saichuanna shared their problems and obligations during the talk.