Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh said that the State government is committed to uphold the territorial integrity of the state.
Singh said this while speaking at the 128th Manipur Police Raising Day held at the Parade Ground of 1st Manipur Rifles Battalion near Imphal on Saturday.
“The Centre has assured the State government that the territorial integrity of the State will not be affected in bringing solution of the ongoing Indo-Naga peace talks,” the chief minister said.
He further said that the State government believed that the Centre and its leaders would respect sentiment of the Manipur government.
The State is vigilant and monitoring every stage of the ongoing peace talks, he added.
Singh’s statement assumes significance as the NSCN (IM) leadership and the BJP led government at the Centre have reached is seemingly at loggerheads over the formal peace talks.
The last round of meeting between the NSCN (IM) and Central government ended on a stormy note in New Delhi last week.
On Friday Nagaland governor RN Ravi met a delegation of church leaders and civil society groups of Nagaland.
Ravi had said that the NSCN (IM) has adopted a procrastinating attitude to delay the settlement raising the contentious symbolic issues of separate Naga national flag and constitution on which they are fully aware of the government of India’s position.
Responding to the ethnic issues in the State, chief minister Singh said that it is tragic that most of the communities of the State always think for themselves rather than cohesive thoughts.
When we start thinking for common good leaving aside personal/community benefits then there will be peace in the State, he asserted.
Stating that various welfare schemes have been introduced for the people, Singh said the government is committed to deliver inclusive governance and development in the State.
“In the last two and half years, with the love and support of the people peace has prevailed in the State. The government opens its door for any dialogue for resolving any issue in the State,” he added.