No talks commitment given: ANSAM
Source: The Sangai Express

Kohima/Dimapur, July 23 (NNN): The agitating All Naga Students' Association, Manipur (ANSAM) while expressing concern for the general public of Manipur who are facing hardships due to the indefinite economic blockade, has put the whole blame on the O Ibobi Singh led Government for the prevailing situation.

The ANSAM today stated that it understands and feels sorry for the people because they are facing immense hardships due to the indefinite economic blockade.

The student body further said that it had not given any kind of commitment to anybody that it would come to the negotiating table with the Government although several invitations have been coming from the Government side.

The outcome of the ANSAM marathon meetings which began yesterday and continued till this morning, has not been spelt out to the media.

"We did not give our commitments to anyone whether we will talk to the Manipur Government or not," said ANSAM spokesman Ngachonmi Chamroy while talking to Newmai News Network this afternoon and added, "however, ANSAM is always ready for talks with the State Government.

We had even gone to the extent of proposing to the State Government to have a talk at one of the hill districts ie, at Senapati taking into consideration the prevailing situation but for reasons best known to the Manipur Government, it (the state Govt) refused to reciprocate in the same spirit as we (ANSAM) did to resolve the issue".

ANSAM while putting the onus of the present imbroglio on the Manipur Government, has also expressed its.

deep concern for the general public and stated, "we share the inconveniences and immense hardships faced by the general public in Manipur due to our indefinite economic blockade imposed on the national highways.

"We (ANSAM) are trying very hard to find ways and means to bring a solution to the present problem and for that we are working hard to persuade the State Government to let sanity prevail.

And in our endeavour in this direction, we appeal all the social organisations/NGOs and the general public to pressurise the State Govt not to put the cart before the horse by being adamant in not revoking the June 18 declaration as State Integrity Day ( holiday )", the spokesman said.