August 11, 2017 (DIO Senapati): The third round of the ongoing tripartite talks between Government of India, Government of Manipur and United Naga Council (UNC) was held today at the DRDA Conference Hall, Senapati Distict Headquarters with Satyendra Garg, Joint Secretary (NE), Minister of Home Affairs, Govt. of India in the chair.
Unlike the earlier round of talks, today’s talk has been brought up to the political level with the participation of three cabinet ministers of Manipur, which includes Agriculture & Veterinary Minister V. Hangkhanlian, Tribal Affairs & Hills Minister N. Kayisii and Education & Labour and Employment Minister Th. Radheshyam. Apart from the three cabinet ministers, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Dr .J. Suresh Babu and Commissioner (Works & IPR) K. Radhakumar Singh also participated the talk from the side of the Government of Manipur. The UNC team was represented by Gaidon Kamei, President, UNC, S. Milan, Gen. Secretary, UNC, Seth Shatsang President, All Naga Students’ Association, Manipur and Asha Wungnam, President Naga Women’s Union.
Today’s round of talk, which continued for about four hours, focussed on the grievances of the United Naga Council (UNC) in respect of the creation of the seven new districts by the previous Congress Government, particularly the creation of Kangpokpi District by bifurcating it from Senapati District.
During the talk, United Naga Council (UNC) appreciated the Government of Manipur for bringing the talks at the political level, however, they expressed their resentment on some recent developments. Meanwhile the Government of Manipur assured to initiate appropriate steps in right earnest as per the terms of agreement of the 19th March, 2017 talks. Both the State Government and the United Naga Council (UNC) agreed upon to mutually respect the agreements signed in the previous talks to avoid any provocative actions till the dialogue process is taken to its logical end. It was also agreed to have the next round of talks in the month of September, 2017. (DIPR)