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UNC to continue economic blockade in Manipur

By Spl Correspondent

NEW DELHI, Nov 15 - The economic blockade in Manipur is likely to continue with the Centre on Tuesday failing to break the deadlock, as negotiations with the United Naga Council (UNC) broke down.

�The UNC will continue the economic blockade as this is the only option left with Nagas as the Manipur government is not going to listen and we want intervention of the Central government,� UNC president G Pamei told newsmen after holding dialogue with Ministry of Home Affairs officials.

A delegation of UNC met today Joint Secretary (Northeast) in Union Home Ministry Satyendra Garg at North Block but had to content themselves with an assurance that the Central government will talk with all the stakeholders to find out a solution. But this failed to convince the UNC, which announced that they will continue the economic blockade. The UNC, which is opposing demarcation of Naga-inhabited districts in Manipur, is pressing for implementation of the four MoUs on Sadar Hills, signed between the Naga people and the Government of Manipur in letter and spirit.

Our Correspondent adds from Imphal: Following the indefinite economic blockade and subsequent demonetization of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes, the Indo-Myanmar border trade has been affected, while some schools in Imphal are forced to close down following suspension of school van services on Tuesday due to scarcity of petrol.

�The schools will remain closed from November 15 and shall open when the petrol pumps open,� says a notice of a school in Imphal.

The indefinite economic blockade on National Highways in Manipur by UNC from November 1 also hit the trade at Moreh, the commercial town bordering Myanmar�s Tamu and Namphalong towns, reports said.

Meanwhile around 250 empty trucks have already left Imphal on Monday to bring essentials from outside the State via the Imphal-Jiribam route.

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UNC to continue economic blockade in Manipur

NEW DELHI, Nov 15 - The economic blockade in Manipur is likely to continue with the Centre on Tuesday failing to break the deadlock, as negotiations with the United Naga Council (UNC) broke down.

�The UNC will continue the economic blockade as this is the only option left with Nagas as the Manipur government is not going to listen and we want intervention of the Central government,� UNC president G Pamei told newsmen after holding dialogue with Ministry of Home Affairs officials.

A delegation of UNC met today Joint Secretary (Northeast) in Union Home Ministry Satyendra Garg at North Block but had to content themselves with an assurance that the Central government will talk with all the stakeholders to find out a solution. But this failed to convince the UNC, which announced that they will continue the economic blockade. The UNC, which is opposing demarcation of Naga-inhabited districts in Manipur, is pressing for implementation of the four MoUs on Sadar Hills, signed between the Naga people and the Government of Manipur in letter and spirit.

Our Correspondent adds from Imphal: Following the indefinite economic blockade and subsequent demonetization of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes, the Indo-Myanmar border trade has been affected, while some schools in Imphal are forced to close down following suspension of school van services on Tuesday due to scarcity of petrol.

�The schools will remain closed from November 15 and shall open when the petrol pumps open,� says a notice of a school in Imphal.

The indefinite economic blockade on National Highways in Manipur by UNC from November 1 also hit the trade at Moreh, the commercial town bordering Myanmar�s Tamu and Namphalong towns, reports said.

Meanwhile around 250 empty trucks have already left Imphal on Monday to bring essentials from outside the State via the Imphal-Jiribam route.