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Manipur insurgent group UNLF signs peace agreement with India

Photo: AmitShah/X

A peace agreement was signed on Wednesday between the United National Liberation Front (UNLF), an Imphal-based insurgent group, and the Government of India marking the end of a six-decade-long armed movement.

The government of Manipur is also a party to the peace agreement.

“A historic milestone achieved,” Amit Shah wrote on X, sharing images of the militant group. UNLF is the only Meitei insurgent group that has ever come to an agreement with the government or even participated in peace talks.

“UNLF, the oldest valley-based armed group of Manipur has agreed to renounce violence and join the mainstream. I welcome them to the democratic processes and wish them all the best in their journey on the path of peace and progress,” Shah said.

“It is hoped that the return of UNLF to the mainstream will also encourage other valley-based armed groups to participate in the peace process in due course. A Peace Monitoring Committee (PMC) will be constituted to oversee enforcement of the agreed ground rules. The development is likely to be a significant step in restoring peace and normalcy in the State,” the Press Information Bureau readout stated.

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