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IMPHAL, Apr 12: As adopted elsewhere in similar public meetings held earlier on the topic “Indo-Manipur Conflict and People’s Participation in Resolving the Conflict, a public meeting held at Keirak Bamon Lampak on April 10 unanimously adopted three resolutions.

The first resolution was people should be taken into confidence in resolving the Indo-Manipur conflict.

The second resolution was, a plebiscite should be conducted so as to enable people participate in resolving the conflict.

The third resolution was to send the first two resolutions to the United Nations and other international human right organizations with an appeal to facilitate resolving the Indo-Manipur conflict.

Addressing the meeting Advocate Angomcha Araba said that most of the communities and organizations prefer to work alone.

Rather than thinking for the collective good and the nation, most of the organizations have been operating in such a way that makes fertile ground for growth of factions or splinter groups, he asserted.

Many UG cadres who claimed to be fighting for sovereignty of Manipur are unacceptable to the people just as the UG cadres do not recognize the wish and aspirations of the people.

Under such circumstances marked by conflict and disconnection between the people and insurgents, how could one expect that the revolutionary movement would be successful, Araba questioned.

“We need to sort out all differences and stand united and firmly for liberation of the nation”, he asserted.

Advocate Y Priyokumar said that the decades long conflict between Manipur and India is politico-military nature.

Except for two brief periods when Manipur came under Burma and the British colonizers, Manipur was a sovereign kingdom throughout history having its written history spanning more than 2000 years.

When the British imperialists left the sub-continent, Manipur once again became independent on August 14, 1947.

Soon Manipur drafted its own constitution and became a republic with 54 elected representatives in 1948.

But the new republic was short-lived as India allegedly annexed Manipur   the following year.

The alleged forced merger of Manipur into India sowed the seeds of the present Indo-Manipur conflict.

Observing that this conflict has resulted in untold misery to the common mass, Priyokumar said that it’s time for the people to persuade both the parties to resolve the conflict.

A similar meeting was also held today at Huidrom Lairembi Lampak, Yurembam.

Here, UPF general secretary O Bikramjit, founder president of the Yurembam Apunba Club N Achou and social activist Joy Nongmaithem were the main speakers.

The speakers strongly advocated plebiscite as a means of resolving the Indo-Manipur conflict.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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