KANGPOKPI| Jun 22: Barely after a month after the interlocutor of Tripartite talks between the government of India (GOI), government of Manipur and the two Kuki UGs conglomeration, the United People’s Front (UPF) and the Kuki National Organization (KNO), a meeting with the Kuki UG groups and Kuki leaders was held during an unofficial visit to the State. And the next round of Political Dialogue has been reportedly scheduled to be held on June 25 at New Delhi.
It may be mentioned that a draft outline of the political demand for formation of territorial council signed by UPF spokesperson, Aaron Kipgen and KNO negotiator, Seilen Haokip was tabled during the 6th round of talks held last year on January 10 chaired for the first time by the newly appointed Interlocutor, AB. Mathur after he replaced Dineshwar Sharma.
However, after the 6th round, the talks have been reportedly delayed due to some event that took place among the groups here in Manipur. But, when Interlocutor AB. Mathur visited Kangpokpi and met UPF leaders, Kuki chiefs and other CVOs leaders had notably said that the progress of the peace talks was very satisfactory while expressing his anticipation that the issue which accounted for the delay in the talks will be resolved and will be resumed very soon.
Meanwhile, in connection with the next round of talks scheduled to be held on June 25, UPF spokesperson, Aaron Kipgen said, “The GOI has already informed us for the next round of talks which will be held in the national capital on June 25.” He stated this in a press conference held today in his chamber at Ebenezer Peace Camp, Natheljang.
While confirming the Government intimation over the next round of talks, the UPF Spokesperson has also sought moral support from the tribe leaders for support of two conglomerations of the Kuki UG outfits, the UPF and the KNO. “I appeal to all the tribe leaders of our community including the Paite tribe, Vaiphei Gangte, Simte, Anal, Chiru, Zou, Thadou, etc. to extent moral support to the UPF and KNO so as to reach a logical conclusion at the earliest,” he said.
Aaron Kipgen has also personally met various Kuki leaders recently and sought their moral support and prayer in connection with the next round of talks.