Manipur insurgent group

New Delhi, Dec 28: The Centre on Tuesday signed a peace agreement with a Manipur insurgent group, which agreed to give up violence and join the democratic process.

The tripartite agreement was signed by the Centre, the Manipur government, and the Zeliangrong United Front (ZUF) rebel group, which mostly operated in Manipur.

CM Biren Singh share a glimpse of the meeting on Twitter and wrote “In yet another milestone, the Government of India & the Government of Manipur signed a ‘Cessation of Operation’ Agreement New Delhi with Zeliangrong United Front that has been active for more than a decade. This will be a significant boost to the peace process in Manipur.”

Manipur CM Biren Singh said “The signing of ‘Cessation of Operation Agreement’ between the Govt. of India & Govt. of Manipur on one side and the Zeliangrong United Front (ZUF) on the other side is a great milestone towards PM @narendramodi Ji’s vision of ‘Insurgency free and prosperous North East.’”

As per the letter by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), “Fulfilling the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi of an insurgency-free and prosperous Northeast and under the guidance of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, the Government of India and the government of Manipur entered into a cessation of operation agreement in New Delhi with ZUF that had been active for more than a decade.”

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“This will be a significant boost to the peace process in Manipur. The agreement was signed by officials of the home ministry and the government of Manipur and representatives of the ZUF in presence of Chief Minister N Biren Singh,” the MHA said.

“Representatives of the armed group agreed to abjure violence and join the peaceful democratic process as established by the law of the land. The agreement provides for the rehabilitation and resettlement of the armed cadres. A joint monitoring group will be constituted to oversee enforcement of the agreed ground rules,” the MHA added.