KANGPOKPI, Nov 3 : The Kuki Inpi Manipur, the apex body of the Kukis, met RN Ravi, who is also the interlocutor of Indo-Naga peace talks at Hotel Classic Grande, Chingmeirong Imphal today.


A four member delegate of KIM including its president Thangkhosei Haokip, general secretary Khaimang Chongloi, speaker Ch Ajang Khongsai and RT Akhel, president Aimol Tribe Union spent nearly an hour to apprise RN Ravi of various Kuki issues including the state of mind of Kuki people over the Naga Framework Agreement and political dialogue with KNO and UPF.

Khaimang Chongloi, General Secretary KIM said, “we once again clearly informed RN Ravi the standpoint of Kuki people on the Naga Peace Accord and reminded him of our earlier representations to the Prime Minister and Home Ministry as well as highlighted our meeting with him recently at Sadar Patel Bhavan, New Delhi on August 20.

“There is no change in our standpoint over Naga Peace Accord and it remains the same”, added Khaimang Chongloi.

“We also highlighted the compelling assimilation of Aimol community in Naga community by the NSCN-IM and the recent kidnapping of one Aimol and a Baite man by the NSCN-IM whose whereabouts are still not known” said Khaimang Chongloi.

“We also urged RN Ravi for immediate intervention of the Centre Government to ensure the safe release of the two victims” added Khaimang Chongloi.

KIM also underlined the forceful occupation of four Aimol villages by the NSCN-IM in full combat dress and sophisticated weapons thereby inflicting untold miseries on the people and condemned the same in the strongest term, said the KIM general secretary.

The KIM general secretary further said that according to Haipi Declaration No. 5 clause (a) and (b) we had mailed representations to the Centre about KIM's directive to KNO and UPF to abrogate the SoO if the Centre fail to hold a political dialogue on or before October 31 while probing about the KIM representation to RN Ravi.

“We also told RN Ravi that since the deadline set for the Central Government to hold political dialogue with KNO and UPF has passed we [the Kukis] are mulling of taking up extreme forms of agitations.

KIM also asked RN Ravi as to why the Centre has failed to expedite the political dialogue with KNO and UPF even after the State Government had recommended for appointment of an interlocutor and holding political talks with the KNO and UPF, Khaimang added.

However, RN Ravi responded that on account of the ongoing intense campaign for Bihar election, the process of starting political talks with KNO and UPF has been delayed said Khaimang Chongloi.

“RN Ravi also assured us that since the election campaign at Bihar has wound up today, political dialogue with KNO and UPF can take place within a few days,” added Khaimang Chongloi.

Nevertheless, we warned the Centre of intense agitation by the Kuki people if it fails to appoint an interlocutor and initiate political talks with KNO and UPF at the earliest, he added.

Source: The Sangai Express

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