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Biren Singh says Manipur govt in peace talks with Imphal Valley-based insurgent group

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Imphal, Nov 26: Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Sunday informed that his government was holding peace talks with an Imphal Valley-based insurgent group.

While talking to reporters, Biren Singh said the talks were at an advanced stage, even though he stayed away from naming the underground organisation.This was for the first time that there was an official confirmation about such talks being held by the government, since ethnic violence broke out on May 3.

Sources had earlier said that the state government was holding talks with one faction of the proscribed United National Liberation Front (UNLF).

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Ever since the ethnic violence broke in Manipur over 180 people have been killed after a ‘Tribal Solidarity March’ was organised in the hill districts to protest against the Meitei community’s demand for Scheduled Tribe (ST) status

In the violence-hit NE state, the Meiteis account for about 53 per cent who mostly live in the Imphal Valley, while tribals, which include Nagas and Kukis, constitute 40 per cent and reside mainly in the hill districts.

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