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COCOMI’s rendezvous with Muivah agrees on peaceful co-existence
IFP Bureau | First Published: January 23, 2020 22:01:50 pm
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In what could be termed as one of the defining moments ahead of the final settlement of peace talks between the center and the NSCN (I-M), representatives of Coordinating Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI) on January 21 met Th Muivah at Hebron, Nagaland.

The NSCN (I-M) and COCOMI has unanimously agreed to work together for peaceful co-existence and lasting love among different communities of the state, said convenor of COCOMI Sunil Karam.

The convenor of COCOMI was speaking to the media on Thursday evening at the Lamphelpat office of UCM. He said the meeting was initiated by Tangkhul Naga Foothill Organisation (TNFO) as Muivah had expressed desire to meet the COCOMI leaders. 

As many as 14 members of COCOMI and four TNFO met the NSCN (I-M) leader Th Muivah at Hebron, he added.

During the meeting held without any agendas, both sides agreed on peaceful co-existence and that there should not be any enmity among different communities inhabiting in the state, said Sunil.

Sunil maintained that the COCOMI members urged Muivah to unite the different communities of the Northeast and shape a future together and let not a third party, government of India, judge among the different communities. The parties also agreed for instilling unity and integrity among the people, he added.

While referring to the media reports about the possible formation of autonomous council in Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur, the COCOMI convenor categorically stated that the stand of COCOMI and the people of Manipur is still firm.

There can be no changes in administrative set up or alternative arrangement or division based on ethnic lines, stated Sunil.

As the union home minister had assured to consult the people of Manipur before the final settlement of the peace talks if it is to affect Manipur, the convenor cautioned that intense agitations will be taken up if the government of India brings about settlement against the wishes of the people of Manipur. 

“If the government of India betray the people of Manipur, we will resort to protests for safeguarding Manipur. Manipur government should also monitor the steps of central government as they have expressed wishes of forming territorial council during the consultation with Manipur stakeholders by Amit Shah,” said Sunil.

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