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Incidents and Statements involving ZRO/ ZRA: 2013



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February 18

New Delhi

The advisor of the ZRO and Representative of the UPF K Guite, who arrived in New Delhi, said that Autonomous Hill State is on the agenda of UPF. He stated, "We propose an Autonomous Hill State". The current Suspension of Operation (SoO) extension of the UPF with the State and Central Government will last till August 2013. Guite said that UPF had submitted Memoranda and Charter of Demands to the Central Government. Appointment of an interlocutor and initiating a political dialogue is expected to begin soon, he said. According to the ZRO advisor, the proposal for an Autonomous Hill State is a non-communal approach.

While stating that the demand for an 'Alternative Arrangement' for Naga areas and the Kuki Statehood demand are community specific that will further deepen the division among the communities of the hills, Guite said that the Autonomous Hill State would not only speed up development in the hills but also bring peace in the hills and Manipur at large. This administrative re-organization will also maintain the territorial integrity of the State. "In their demand for a Kuki State, the Kuki National Organization (KNO) has violated the SoO preamble," declared Guite.

February 24 Churachandpur District of Manipur

The President of KNO, P.S Haokip, presented his political road map to the people as well as its Suspension of Operation (SoO) partner, the UPF as the organization (KNO) which he has commanded celebrated its 26th raising day at Mata Lambulane, an outskirts village along the Tipaimukh Road. The KNO raising day celebration was attended by Calvin H from the ZRO as chief guest and Sanga Hmar from the HPC-D both members of UPF.

March 17 Manipur

ZRO has made it clear that the political aspiration/demand of the UPF is to create an autonomous hill State within the State of Manipur without affecting its territorial integrity. ZRO is a constituent member of the UPF, ZRO 'external affairs secretary' Calvin and 'home secretary' Khuptang on March 17 decried that the tripartite peace process is too slow. Claiming that ZRO alone has more than 400 cadres, Calvin and Khuptang informed that around 100 cadres are staying in the Mulvai designated camp while the remaining cadres would be housed at the designated camp being constructed near Thanlon. Arms and ammunition of the cadres have not been handed over to the Government rather they are kept in safe store with double-locking system.

March 17 Churachandpur district in Manipur

The ZRO, which is in a SoO agreement with the Government, has demanded expedition of the peace process so a political dialogue can be initiated soon.

April 19 NS

The ZRO, said it strongly condemns the intrusion of about seven armed cadres of UNLF at L Kanan village under Singngat sub-division in Churachandpur District on April 13 at around 6.30 pm who allegedly tortured innocent villagers besides preventing them from attending Church. It is unbecoming of a revolutionary organization like the UNLF to harass and torture innocent civilians said the ZRO statement signed by Mang Zomi, Director, 'Ministry of Information and Public relations', ZRO. "The ZRO warns the UNLF to desist from meddling in the affairs of Zomi in future. The ZRO will spare no effort to protect the Zomi from the onslaught of any external forces," it added.









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