IMPHAL | Jul 12: After the media had reported about the ‘Territorial Council’ demand of the armed groups which are under the Suspension of Operation (SoO) including the Kuki National Organisation (KNO) and the United People’s Front (UPF), more and more Naga organizations are expressing their concerns.
In a joint press statement issued on Friday, the Zeme Naga Council (ZNC), the Liangmai Naga Council (LNC), the Rongmei Naga Council (RNC) and the Inpui Union asserted that their lands should not be affected by any outcome of the KNO, UPF talks with the government of India and the state government of Manipur.
Stressing in line with the United Naga Council (UNC) on the issue, the ZNC, the LNC, the RNC and the Inpui Union asserted that their ancestral lands should not be affected under any circumstances.
The KNO and UPF are the two umbrella organisations of the Kuki armed groups. They have been holding ‘tripartite talks’ with the government for sometimes now after signing the Suspension of Operation (SoO).
Recently, it was reported in the media that the KNO-UPF talks with the government had discussed the ‘Territorial Council’. The media had also reported that “there were a good number of agreements on tahe issue”. The KNO, the UPF and the government had agreed to hold the next round of talks “at the earliest possible date”.
Concerned on this development, the unions asserted that they will defend their territory “come what may”.
It can be noted here that, few days ago the UNC had come out with a strong statement saying that the “Nagas will never compromise and barter away even an inch of our ancestral homeland under any circumstances”. The UNC had also said that it was only in the recent past that “other community(s) intruded into our ancestral homeland.”
The UNC also urged the government of India to honour the “well established” political position of the Naga people on land, identity, history and rights. It also urged to exercise its prerogatives cautiously.