Tripartite talk : GMPC pins hope on dialogue
Source: The Sangai Express
Imphal, February 02 2017:
Exuding confidence that a positive outcome would transpire at the scheduled tripartite talk between United Naga Council (UNC), Government of India and Government of Manipur to be held in New Delhi tomorrow, Goodwill Misssion for Peaceful Coexistence (GMPC) expressed hope that the talk would mainly focus on the intense sufferings encountered by the people due to the blockade and bring an acceptable solution.
Addressing a press meet at its temporary office at Chingmeirong Adimjati Shiksha Ashram this evening, GMPC convenor Ningthouja Lancha said that UNC and Government of Manipur may have varied stands but the talk is an opportunity to sort out all the differences.
He asserted that GMPC had taken up different processs to initiate the scheduled tripartite talk which is an important step to end the impasse over the prolonged imposition of blockade.
Elaborating the different processes taken up by the organisation, Ningthouja Lancha said that GMPC met UNC president Gaidon Kamei and information secretary Shangkhel Stephen on December 25 and jointly celebrated Christmas followed by a meeting on December 26 at Senapati.
He said that the organisation then met the Chief Secretary on December 27 after which a memorandum was submitted to the Union Home Minister on December 29 .
GMPC also maintained continuous communication with the State Government and UNC through telephone, he claimed, adding that the objective of the organisation is to bring an amicable solution through the tripartite talk.
The organisation had also tried to hold a joint meeting between UNC, Government of India and Government of Manipur on January 23 but proved futile as UNC remained adamant on holding the talk either in New Delhi or in Naga inhabited areas.
The apex body of the Nagas was also demanding unconditional release of its president and information secretary before holding the talk, he said.
Finally things changed after the State and Central Government came up with effective measures to hold the tripartite talk and High Court of Manipur approved participation of the two UNC leaders in the talk, he said.
He added that GMPC also held a public meeting of various civil society organisations on December 19 last to prevent possible communal flare up following the ongoing economioc blockade which has crossed three months.