Forum for peace threatens alternative resolution

IMPHAL| Dec 29 (IFP): The Joint Forum for Peace has threatened alternative resolution of the conflict in the state while appealing to the United Naga Council (UNC) to lift the blockade along the lifelines of the state.

It also earnestly appealed to both the Union and State government to bring an amicable solution to the impasse.

JFP, a body formed by 26 different civil voluntary organisations representing different communities of the state today addressing the media at Lamphelpat office of the United Committee of Manipur asked UNC to look for other means of raising demands instead of the choking lifelines of the people.

Convenor of JFP Ph Deban lamenting over the stalemate said, “If the union government is indifferent towards resolving the issue, it should make its stand clear to the people so that we could look for alternative means of survival, disconnected from the rest of the country”.

He continued that the issue cannot be resolved by deputing paramilitary forces along the national highways.

“The people are already suffering from the excess committed by the armed forces under the shadow of the AFSPA. There cannot be a military solution to the problem”, he said.

Elangbam Johnson, who is also one of the conveners of the forum, appealed to the public to stay away from rumours which could amplify communal tensions needlessly.

Atongpi Kamei, also a convenor of the forum pointed out that UNC’s form of agitation has become anti-people and it will bring no good in the end.

She further alleged the Union government that it has disowned the state of Manipur in the wake of the current economic blockade without any viable intervention on its part.

The press meet was also attended by representatives of different voluntary organisations.

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