Imphal: The signing of peace agreement on November 29 (in Delhi) with United National Liberation Front (UNLF) has been made possible with the support, cooperation and encouragement of the people of Manipur, chief minister N. Biren Singh said.
Biren was addressing during the reception ceremony of UNLF pursuant to signing of Peace Agreement with the Government of India and Government of Manipur, on Saturday at Kangla, here on Saturday.
Addressing the reception ceremony which was also attended by family members of the UNLF cadres, the chief minister said, “Human lives are very precious and we have lost many lives.” The process for signing of the peace agreement under the guidance and advice of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Union Home minister Amit Shah took around 3 years, he added.
Biren expressed gratitude to the leaders, central committee, cadres and MPA of UNLF for accepting the central government’s proposal for peace.
Urging all outfits of the region to enter the peace process, the chief minister said he is ready to work as the facilitator for any outfit desiring to enter the peace process.
Biren appealed against spreading misinformation through social media without proper verification which could disturb the peace in the society.
He urged the people to stand united. “We have been living divided for long and lost many precious lives due to the division. Let us learn to sacrifice.”
Speaking of the peace agreement, the chief minister urged the people to encourage each other. “Let us be united to rebuild a strong and united Manipur,” he appealed to the communities residing in the state.
The government is not against any community, it is only trying to protect the communities,he said.
As part of the ceremony, the cadres of the UNLF were also feted and pigeons were released carrying the message of peace, hope and development.
The ceremony was also attended by Speaker of the Manipur Legislative Assembly, Thokchom Satyabrata Singh, cabinet ministers, MLAs, chief secretary, DGP, Army, civil and police officers, leaders of the UNLF acting chairman Moirangthem Nongyai, general secretary Chabungbam Thanil, intellectuals, eminent personalities, among others.