CM on �verify Muivah's BBC interview�
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, July 15: Chief Minister O Ibobi today admitted on the floor of the House that his Government is in the dark over the progress of the talks between the NSCN (IM) and the Government of India and added that efforts are on to verify how much of what Muivah said in his interview to the BBC is true.

Moving a call attention motion, Dorendra said that the State Govt need to seriously study all the details of what have come out ranging from the answer that Muivah gave to a gentleman from Chandel that something is better today than getting something tomorrow.

The answer was given at Camp Hebron when the gentleman questioned if integration of Naga inhabited areas meant only Ukhrul and Senapati districts, said Dorendra referring to a news report carried by The Sangai Express.

Dorendra also said that the State Govt should study the finer meanings of the statement of Muivah when he said that since the GoI does not have the conviction to talk to the Meiteis and the Assamese, the Nagas should be allowed to do as they deem it fit.

Again the recent statement of the NSCN (IM) that it will not remain silent when the Government is using force to quell the economic blockade imposed by ANSAM merits deep discussion, pointed out the BJP MLA.

Dorendra further said that the peace talk between the IM group and the GoI is shrouded in a cloak of secrecy and added that the people of Manipur must be told about the contents of the talk.

Responding to the observations of Dorendra, Chief Minister O Ibobi said that the people of Manipur welcome the peace talk between the NSCN (IM) and the GoI but added that the territorial integrity of Manipur should not be compromised at any cost to work out a solution with the IM group.

The territory of Manipur has stood there for ages and it was not a gift from the Britishers either, said the Chief Minister.

Ibobi further informed the House that he is in constant touch with Oscar Fernandes and Prithiviraj Chauhan who are among the GoM interacting with the NSCN (IM) leadership.