CCpur, Sep 28: Four apex tribal bodies – Zomi Council, Kuki Inpi, Churachandpur, Hmar Inpui and Mizo Peoples Convention – today hailed the historic decision reached by the armed groups under KNO and UPF to pursue a common political goal even as it appealed to all sections of the people to maintain calm and desist from fanning the already volatile situation but to work unitedly in a peaceful manner to achieve ‘our’ goal.

The apex bodies which met at the MPC office here discussed and deliberated on the emerging situation in the hill areas of Manipur, particularly in Churachandpur district and adopted at least 6 crucial resolutions.

They expressed deep appreciation to the understanding reached between Kuki National Organisation (KNO) and the United Peoples’ Front (UPF) on September 26, 2015 to pursue a common political agenda for a shared common future.

It may be noted here that the two umbrella organisations had on Saturday agreed that they would call for a separate State for the tribals in Manipur. The decision was supposed to be formally announced jointly before the press by both the groups later that day; however arson on one of the top leader’s house before the press meet sobataged the plan.

Nevertheless, the President of ZRO Thanglianpau and the President of KNO PS Haokip while paying their tributes to the nine martyrs at the hospital morgue that day told the grieving crowd there about their historic decision.

An appeal for calm, peace and tranquillity besides a call for desisting from spreading false rumours that can flare up tensions and to avoid singling out particular persons or communities was another decision the apex bodies adopted. They also advised all sections of the people to be discerning in the use of social media.

Source: Sangai Express

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