Talks with SoO groups on August 22

Published on June 18, 2014

IMPHAL, Jun 17: The long halted tripartite talks involving the two umbrella Kuki underground organisations – Kuki National Organisation (KNO) and United People’s Front (UPF) – the Government of India and the Manipur Government will be held on August 22 in New Delhi.

This matter was discussed in a Joint Monitoring Group (JMG) meeting of the KNO, UPF and the Manipur Government at the Banquet Hall of 1st Manipur Rifles, Imphal today.

The State Government side was led by Principal Secretary (Home) Suresh Babu while around 22 leaders of KNO and UPF participated in the meeting. JMG-UPF convenor Sanga Hmar led the UPF team while Dino Zou, convenor of JMG-KNO led the KNO delegation. Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) LM Khaute, Additional Secretary (Home) Bobby Waikhom and two officials from IGAR(South) also took part in today’s meeting with Principal Secretary (Home) Sureh Babu chairing the programme.

The meeting started from 11 am and ended at 3 pm.

Issues on the coming New Delhi Tripartite talks dominated today’s meeting. The controversial KNLF designated camp at Semol in Chandel district was also discussed in today’s meeting. KNLF is a unit of KNO. The KRF, a unit of UPF will have now its designated camp at Phingsat in Sadar Hills, Senapati district which was earlier opposed by certain elements.

“It was mutually agreed today that the KRF will have its designated camp at Phingsat and the head counting of cadres of the KRF will begin soon,” a source from the UPF stated. The demand to raise the monthly stipend or salaries of the cadres under Suspension of Operation (SoO) was also discussed today.

The outfits under SoO have been demanding that the monthly stipend/salaries be raised so that they can manage the needs of the family. Issue of providing licensed guns and identity cards to the SoO cadres and opening of bank accounts of the SoO cadres were also discussed today.

Source: Newmai News Network – June 18, 2014

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