Peace talks on with insurgent group: Manipur Chief Minister Biren Singh

Sources had said that the government was holding talks with a faction of the proscribed United National Liberation Front

November 26, 2023 01:33 pm | Updated November 27, 2023 02:08 am IST - Imphal

Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh in Imphal on November 26, 2023.

Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh in Imphal on November 26, 2023. | Photo Credit: PTI

Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh on November 26 said his government was holding talks with an Imphal Valley-based insurgent group, and a peace accord will be signed soon.

Speaking to PTI-Video, Mr. Singh said the talks were at an advanced stage, even though he stayed away from naming the underground organisation.

“We are advancing, and we are expecting to sign a peace accord with one big UG [underground organisation] very shortly,” the Chief Minister said.

This was for the first time that there was an official confirmation about such talks being held by the government, since ethnic violence broke out on May 3.

Earlier, sources had said that the government was holding talks with one faction of the proscribed United National Liberation Front (UNLF).

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More than 180 people have been killed since the violence broke out on May 3 after a 'Tribal Solidarity March' was organised in the hill districts to protest against the Meitei community's demand for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status.

The Meiteis account for about 53% of Manipur's population and live mostly in the Imphal Valley, while tribals, which include Nagas and Kukis, constitute 40% and reside mainly in the hill districts.

Asked about newspapers going off the stands in Imphal and local TV channels off the air, Mr. Singh said he came to know about it only on Saturday.

He said he has already sought a report from the CID on the issue.

Newspapers and local TV channels have shut operations in the Imphal Valley since Friday, protesting against “interference” from a militant group, leading to an information blackout.

On Myanmarese people crossing over to Manipur for shelter, Mr. Singh said that although India is not a party to the UN Refugee Convention, some people are being given refuge in the state on humanitarian grounds.

“However, they will be deported once the situation is stable in Myanmar,” he said.

Till July, around 2,500 Myanmarese people crossed over to Manipur, and were living in different parts of the State. The number has been on the rise after fresh violence in the neighbouring country.

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