UCM against dialogue with Nagaland based NGOs
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, July 18: Noting with grave concern the involvement of Nagaland based NGOs in the �internal affairs� of Manipur, the United Committee Manipur today said that any dialogue initiated to defuse the situation with ANSAM should not involve Nagaland based NGOs like the Naga Hoho or the NSF.

In a statement, UCM said that since the Nagaland based NGOs have jumped into the fray, the economic blockade has now crossed the border of Manipur and noted with concern the statement of Chief Minister Nephiu Rio who said that he cannot assure 100 percent security cover to the trucks bound for Imphal.

The Centre has not fulfilled its Constitutional duty in providing protection along the highways, charged UCM and questioned why it is remaining a silent spectator even though the economic blockade is now a month long.

To overcome the present crisis hitting the State, UCM has also asked all transporters and truckers to avoid taking the NH-39 route and instead travel along NH-53 for the time being.

The Committee has also extended its gratitude to the drivers and transporters who have been braving the blockade to bring in goods from Moreh.

The State Government too should extend all possible help to the transporters in ferrying their goods, it added.