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Manipur vows to maintain territorial integrity
January 11, 2003 18:50 IST
At an all-party emergency meeting presided over by Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh in Imphal on Friday, it was decided to convey to the Centre that the territorial integrity of the state would be maintained 'at any cost'.
During its talks with the Centre, the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah) has demanded the formation of 'Greater Nagaland', which includes parts of Manipur.
A resolution adopted at the meeting said the people of Manipur will 'unitedly oppose attempt by any authority to disintegrate the state'.
"The territory of Manipur belongs to Manipuris and cannot be parcelled on the basis of the area occupied by the communities residing in it," it said.
It said Manipur had been in existence for over 2000 years as an independent princely state till it merged with the Indian Union in 1949.
Inhabited by different communities such as Meiteis, Tangkhuls, Maos, Kukis, Muslims and others, the state became an integral part of the Union after its merger, the resolution said.
After the meeting, O I Singh said a monitoring cell having representatives from all parties will be set up to monitor the situation arising out of the peace talks between the Centre and NSCN (I-M).
He said he is in touch with the chief ministers of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, the two states besides Manipur whose portions are demanded by the NSCN (I-M) for the formation of 'Greater Nagaland'.
A statement circulated by all political parties after the meeting appealed to the people to remain united and maintain communal harmony.
State Bharatiya Janata Party president M Bhorot Singh, Manipur People's Party President O Joy Singh, Manipur National Conference president and former chief minister W Nipamacha Singh and state Janata Party president L Iboyaima Singh were among those present at the meeting.
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