Appeal from the Prime Minister
I express the grief of the people of
the country and my personal grief at the loss of precious innocent lives
in Manipur. As someone who is fully conscious of their sentiments,
emotions problems and grievances, I appeal to the people of Manipur to
maintain pece and calm. It shall be the endeavour of my government to
ascertain and understand the viewpoint of the people and redress them to
the best of our ability through a process of democratic dialogue. I have
already publicly assured the people of Manipur, and I once again
reiterate that the territorial integrity of Manipur shall be maintained.
At this critical hour, I would
have liked to be with you in Imphal and I would take the first
opportunity to do so. Minister of State, Shri Swami has already
interacted with you and brought your problems and grievances to my
notice. I also invite various leaders of Manipur to come to Delhi and
meet me personally so that your problems could be discussed in a free
and frank manner.
In the meantime, we shall review
the ceasefire agreement including the words "without territorial
limits", presently incorporated in the agreement so as to ensure
that all doubts about preserving the integrity of Manipur and other
States of North-East are removed.
I once again appeal to you to
remain calm and help the administration restore normalcy in the State to
create a congenial environment for progress and development in Manipur.
8th July, 2001