Imphal, Dec. 6: The United Naga Council (UNC) today gave the Centre a week’s time to convene the next round of tripartite talks on its demand for an alternative administrative arrangement for Nagas living in Manipur.
The UNC, in a statement today, said it would re-impose a ban on all central projects in Manipur if the Centre failed to convene the meeting with the outfit and the state government within a week.
The threat to re-impose the ban comes after a 48-hour ban on vehicular traffic in all the Naga-inhabited areas of Manipur, beginning November 19 midnight, failed to evoke any response from the Centre.
This is not the first time that the UNC, an apex body of Nagas in Manipur, imposed a ban on central projects in the state over the alternative administrative arrangement demand.
The UNC had imposed a ban on construction of railway and power grid lines for 25 days from August 11 over the same demand.
“The third council assembly of the UNC at Leibi Maring village in Chandel district viewed the indifference of the Centre to the democratic process of dialogue,” the statement said.
The council assembly was held from December 2 to 4.
The sixth round of the tripartite talks was held in New Delhi on August 30 this year. The UNC claimed that the Union home ministry, in a letter dated August 31, had committed to ending the stalemate.
“In spite of its assurance to convene the seventh round of talks within two months, during the sixth round of talks in Delhi, the Centre has not done so, or responded to us,” the statement said.
The UNC also submitted on October 29 a reminder of the commitment made by the home ministry to resume talks.
“It has, therefore, been decided that the ban on all national projects in Naga areas, which was temporarily suspended from September 3 will be re-imposed indefinitely if there is no response from the Centre within a week,” the statement said.
The UNC also expressed its opposition to the demand to upgrade Jiribam subdivision to a full-fledged revenue district, a demand made by the people of the subdivision.
The UNC fears that if the district is created, it will encompass the Naga-inhabited areas. It also appealed to all Nagas to refrain from participating or associating with any festivals or mega events organised by the state government.