July 2, 2013: The setting up of the Integrated Check Post (ICP) and ongoing border fencing work has been put on hold at Moreh following objections raised by Myanmarese Government.
Official sources said that the Myanmarese authorities have asked Government of India to stop the construction of ICP at Moreh when Union Home Ministry officials visited the State recently, according to Manipur Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh.
“So, the State Government has been urging the Centre to resolve the dispute in consultation with the Myanmar Government at the earliest”, said Ibobi Singh. “The need of the hour is to conduct a joint survey along the border of the two countries to settle the unsettled border areas”.
Ibobi Singh was replying to a call attention motion by MLA RK Anand on the need for intervention by the State authority on the reported boundary dispute between Myanmar and India at Moreh in the Assembly session here on Friday.
Raising his motion MLA Anand claimed that the geographical boundary of Manipur has been reduced from 22,356 sq km to 22,327 sq km in the last ten years.
The Manipur Government is not remaining a silent spectator, we have been urging the Centre to settle the border dispute at the earliest as the State will not compromise its territorial boundary at any cost, Ibobi asserted. A meet was also held in New Delhi on January 15-16 last to demarcate the unsettled border areas.
Meanwhile, the Tangkhul Naga Long (TNL), an apex body of Tangkhul community in Manipur has urged the Prime Minister to accommodate the sentiments of the people by abandoning the proposal to retain Moreh at the cost of bartering 1.40 sq km of Choro Khunou.
The TNL said, “it is very unfortunate that the Government of India and Government of Manipur are attempting to retain Moreh at the cost of Choro Khunou without the knowledge and consultation with the real owner of the land. There may be border dispute at Moreh but not at Choro Khunou”.
The Assam Tribune