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Manipur senior citizens for political dialogue

india Updated: Feb 11, 2010 11:14 IST
Sobhapati Samom
Sobhapati Samom
Hindustan Times
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Senior Citizens for Society (SCS), Manipur, have urged the Centre to initiate political dialogue with the major insurgent groups operating in the state without any precondition to avoid any further deterioration of the situation.

“Central government should to take up a concrete decision to initiate a political dialogue with the major groups without any precondition”, Prof Laishram Sadananda (Retd) of SCS Manipur said.”Because this is a national issue not regional.”

How long we can tolerate the situation, he questioned while interacting with media persons here on Wednesday. “We know it’s a herculean task but we need to urge our central leaders to pave way for future generation”, he added.

In a Memorandum to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, President of SCS Manipur N Benoy Singh salso aid that the present unrest and conflict situation in Manipur is largely due to the nagging problem of Insurgency in the state which has as many as 30 Insurgent groups with all the adverse ramification to the people who are by and large in favor of peace and normalcy.

“But no lasting and durable peace is possible without solving the Insurgency problem” he observed. Hence in the present situation only pragmatic and rational way out to solve the problem of Insurgency in the state is a free, frank and unconditional political dialogue between the government and insurgent groups.

“The state government should stop killing insurgents if they actually want to hold meaningful dialogue as we know there can be no military solution to this problem”, Benoy asserted.

“We, therefore sincerely appeal the central government to take concrete initiative as early as possible,” Senior Advocate Khaidem Mani, SCS Manipur Secretary informed and added that the process of initiation of the dialogue could be through a people’s consultative committee drawn from among the eminent citizens and public figures in Manipur.