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Merger Agreement has no validity: PREPAK-I
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, March 26 2019: The proscribed PREPAK has categorically alleged that the merger agreement signed on September 21, 1949 at Shillong has no legal validity.

A statement issued by the outfit's Military Affairs Committee Chairman Kh Sathy on the occasion of the Red Army's 39th Uprising Day (March 26), also greeted all the people of Kangleipak, apart from conveying best wishes to all armed groups of Kangleipak and WeSEA.

Before British empire conquered Manipur in 1891, the Calcutta High Court passed a ruling which declared Kangleipak as an independent Asiatic country.

The Indian Independence Act Section 7(1)(b) passed by the British Parliament in 1947 recognised independence of all princely States which were under the British empire and this fact was endorsed several times by the Indian Supreme Court, Sathy asserted.

As per the Indian Independence Act Section 7(1)(b), Article 2(1) of the United Nations Charter gives equal political status to Kangleipak and India.

As such, the treaty signed on September 21, 1949 at Shillong has no legal validity from the perspective of international laws.

The treaty was rejected by the third session of Manipur Legislative Assembly on September 28, 1949, the Manipur People's National Convention of October 28-29, 1993 and the National Seminar on Human Rights held on December 8-9, 1994.In a Sarbananda Sonowal vs Union of India case, the Supreme Court passed a ruling in 2005 stating that the issue of influx in Assam is a case of invasion by migrants and it instructed the Government to detect and deport immigrants to their home countries.

But the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) 2016 made a direct challenge to the particular ruling of the Supreme Court, the MAC Chairman remarked.

He said that the CAB 2016 also made a mockery of India's federalism.

Even though the CAB 2016 would lapse on June 3, people ought to be wary of this Bill.

The Bill is a secret plan to exterminate all the Mongoloid peoples of WeSEA by bringing in millions and millions of Hindu migrants from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan and make the whole a Hindu Nation, the outfit alleged.

According to the Uti Possidetis Juris, the Indian Constitution has no authority to upset the territorial, cultural, social and linguistic integrity of Kangleipak and there is a similar provision in Article 2(4) of the United Nations Charter.

Preservation of cultures, traditions and languages of the indigenous people of Kangleipak are inherent in the assertion that the territorial integrity of Kangleipak cannot be compromised under any circumstances.

Considering the protracted armed conflict between revolutionary groups and Indian armed forces, international humanitarian law should be enforced in Manipur.

The Government of India's plan to transplant a large number of migrants from Bangladesh contradicts the UN Draft Declaration on Population Transfer and Implementation of Settlers and the International Criminal Court.

Moreover, the Rome Statute asserts that such population transplantation on the basis of religion is a war crime and all those involved in such plans should bear individual criminal responsibility, Sathy said.

One of the major obstacles to the liberation movements of the North East is the unending peace talk going on between India and an insurgent group.

The demands put up by the particular insurgent group not only threaten the integrity of Kangleipak but also impede the liberation movements of entire WeSEA.

By pretending that the demands of the particular group would be fulfilled someday, the Government of India has created conflicts between the group and other revolutionary groups of the region.

In their pursuit to create an exclusive Nation of their own, a large number of innocent people belonging to two communities have been killed apart from igniting communal conflicts.

"All the resources and strength of our people which otherwise should be used in the liberation movement are being wasted in internal conflicts and this has created animosity among different communities", decried the PREPAK MAC Chairman.


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