Big News: Manipur Govt and UNLF underground organization Close to Peace Deal

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Monday, November 27, 2023
Big News: Manipur Govt and UNLF underground organization Close to Peace Deal
Historic Peace Agreement Nears as Manipur Government Engages with UNLF
Imphal, Manipur- 27 November, 2023: In a significant development, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh disclosed on November 26 that the state government is on the verge of signing a historic peace agreement with the United National Liberation Front (UNLF) based in the Imphal Valley.

This marks a crucial milestone, as it is the first time a valley-based proscribed organization has engaged in peace negotiations with the government since the outbreak of ethnic violence on May 3. Chief Minister N Biren Singh, sharing his optimism during the Constitution Day celebration, stated, "We are advancing, and we are expecting to sign a peace accord with one big UG (underground organization) very shortly."

Despite the importance of this announcement, finer details about the ongoing negotiations were not disclosed by the Chief Minister at this stage. This breakthrough occurs amidst several hill-based underground organizations already being under Suspension of Operations with the Indian government.

Addressing concerns regarding the recent cessation of operations by newspapers and local TV channels in Imphal over the past three days, Chief Minister N Biren Singh, informed about the situation on November 25, assured that he has sought a report from the CID department and is committed to promptly addressing the matter.

The abrupt stop in media operations in the Imphal Valley has resulted in an information blackout, leaving citizens eagerly anticipating updates on unfolding developments. The ethnic clashes since May 3 have claimed over 180 lives, sparked by a 'Tribal Solidarity March' in the hill districts protesting against the Meitei community's demand for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status.

This potential peace agreement signifies a positive step towards resolving longstanding conflicts in the region, offering hope for stability and reconciliation. The Chief Minister's commitment to transparency and addressing media concerns is crucial in maintaining open communication during these significant negotiations.