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Wednesday, 27 June 2001

Update on 2100 hrs of June 27, 2001
Text of Imphal Declaration by the Social Organisations for protection of Territorial Integrity of Manipur on 26 June 2001.

People's Declaration
To Defend the Territorial Integrity of Manipur
(26 June 2001)

Recalling that Manipur, which stood as a nation state with two millennia of recorded history with its own written Constitution and well defined and internationally recognized political boundary, ws involuntarily merged into the then Dominion of India following the disputed Merger Agreement on 15 October 1949.

Reminding of the various international agreements, treaties and instruments that Manipur has been a party as a sovereign independent country - such as the Kiyamba- Khekhomba Agreement of 1470 between the Manipur and the Pong/Shan Kingdoms; the Anglo-Manipuri Mutual Defence Treaty of 14 September 1762; the Anglo-Manipuri Defence Protocol of 1763; the Treaty of Yandaboo of 24 February 1826; the Anglo-Manipuri Treaty of 1833; the Kabo Valley Agreement of 1834, the Anglo-Manipuri (Northbroke-Chandrakriti) Protocol of 1874; the collateral instruments such as the Stand Still Agreement and the Instrument of Accession of 11th August 1947; followed by the Manipur State Constitution Act, 1947 under which election, based on universal adult franchise, was held the following year and finally the Merger Agreement of 1949 - rendering the existing territorial boundary of Manipur inviolable.

Recalling that the Akbar Hydari Agreement, 1947 between the then Governor of Assam Mr. Hydari and representatives of the Naga National Council (NNC) had no jurisdiction over Manipur as Manipur was then an independent country.

Also recalling that the Sixteen Points Agreement (which was never agreed upon in its entirety) between the Government of India and NNC in 1960, and the 1964 cease-fire agreement between them are null and void as far as it concerns Manipur as the people of Manipur was never consulted in the process.

Deeply concerned that the Government of India pays scant respect to its boundary in the eastern frontiers, the first Prime Minister of India gifted away Manipur's Kabo Valley to Burma in 1953 against the will of the people of Manipur, the same Prime Minister announced the abandonment of the North Eastern region to the Chinese for the defence of Calcutta in 1962 and the government's ignorance of the continued intrusion in the eastern frontiers while going to war with Pakistan for Kargil.

Reiterating that the Manipur State Legislative Assembly resolved four times on 28 September 1966, 14 March 1996, 14 March 1997, 11 July 1997 and in the year 2000 to preserve the territorial integrity of Manipur.

Reaffirming the historic resolution passed by the people of Manipur on 4th August 1997 and 28th September 2000 resolving to protect the unity and territorial integrity of Manipur.

"We, the representatives of the All Manipur Students' Union (AMSU), All Manipur United Club' Organisation (AMUCO), Apunba Manipur Kanba Ima Lup (AMKIL), International Peace and Social Advancement (IPSA), National Identity Protection Committee (NIPCO), United People's Front (UPF), on behalf of the people of Manipur declare as follows :

  1. The people of Manipur extends our solidarity and support for a negotiated and honourable settlement to the fifty year old Naga National movement founded by the late Angami Zapu Phizo.
  2. The people of Manipur considers the present cease-fire agreement between the Government of India and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isaac-Muivah) [NSCN(IM)] in the territory of Manipur allowing the opening of designated camps and free movement of armed cadres of the latter is a step towards the disintegration of the territorial integrity of Manipur.
  3. The people of Manipur considers this extension of cease fire between the Government of India and the NSCN (IM) in the territory of Manipur as an act to escalate the colonial divide and rule policy aiming to infuse hitherto non-existent communal division to the symbiotic society of Manipur.
  4. The people of Manipur states that any attempt and subsequent alteration to the existing boundary by the Government of India would necessarily initiate the process of the disintegration of the Republic of India duly constituted in 1950.
  5. The people of Manipur calls upon the Government of India to immediately and unconditionally withdraw the imposition of this cease-fire from Manipur.
  6. The people of Manipur realizes the imperative need of making the emotional and social bonds of all indigenous people of Manipur ever stronger by respecting and protecting each other's economic, social and cultural rights and sharing the common destiny as one people to protect the common political aspiration which will never be compromised. 
  7. The people of Manipur reminds the Government of India that nothing can disintegrate Manipur and the North Eastern region and set people upon people and it is now time for a new dawn for a peaceful, progressive and meaningful coexistence.
  8. The people of Manipur reaffirms that the Manipur People's uprising on 18 June 2001 stands as a living testimony to this common aspiration of the people to preserve the unity and territorial integrity of Manipur.

i/c President
All Manipur Students' Union (AMSU)

Apunba Manipur Kanba Ima Lup (AMKIL)

All Manipur United Clubs' Organisation (AMUCO)

International Peace and Social Advancement (IPSA)

National Identity Protection Committee (NIPCO)

United People's Front (UPF)


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