UNC declines Govt's invitation, reiterates severance of ties
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, August 02 2010: The United Naga Council (UNC) has declined the invitation of the State Government for a round table meeting on August 3 at the conference hall of the Chief Minister.

A press release issued by the UNC said that many Naga leaders are being treated as criminals by issuing arrest warrant with wanted tags by the State Government for exercising democratic expression to protect their rights.

Under this circumstance, the UNC considers the Government's invitation as a ploy to arrest and detain the Naga leaders.

The UNC in the 3rd Naga Peoples' Convention held on July 1 this year declared that the Nagas will sever all political ties with the Government of Manipur and henceforth there shall be total political non-cooperation movement against it.

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Because of the severance of ties, the vacuum in governance and administration created thereby must be filled with an alternative arrangement by the Government of India in consultation with the Naga people at the earliest possible time, it added.

Meanwhile, Joint Secretary, State Home Department, Devesh Deval, on behalf of the Government has expressed regret that the United Naga Council (UNC) has turned down the State Government invitation for the consultative meeting pertaining to the District Councils in Manipur.

"It is regretted to note that the UNC has declined to attend the meeting and even refused to accept the invitation sent through the Superintendent of Police, Senapati.

The government appeals to all stakeholders to come together at this critical juncture in a spirit of reconciliation and work together in the larger interest of the public," the Joint Secretary, state Home department said.