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KLNLF set for talks
Correspondent DIPHU, JAN 4:
Published on 5 Jan. 2010 12:28 AM IST
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To Decommission Arsenal; Invites Chidambaram Akin to the surrender policy of the DHD (Jewel) which formally gave up arms, the Karbi Longri NC Hills Liberation Front (KLNLF) has decided to come decommission its arms and come overground. This was disclosed by the KLNLF public secretary, Rezeek Dera during an open press meet at an undisclosed location in Diphu. Declining to answer any question, Dera said the important decision of decommissioning of arms was taken by the outfit’s general council. He said that the government had taken them into confidence and so has the organization to its cadres. He however mentioned that they were not surrendering arms but decommissioning their arsenal. He said the KLNLF has invited union home minister, P. Chidambaram to attend the decommissioning ceremony who would be present as a prime witness of the entire development. Dera said the KLNLF wanted to unveil the true colour of the so called socio – economic development of the land against the tall claims of the ruling clique. The publicity secretary they have urged the government to allow P. Dilli, chief of the outfit to attend the ceremony who is presently under judicial custody. The KLNLF publicity secretary refused to disclose the precise date of the decommissioning ceremony. Asked about their cardinal demand, Dera said that nothing less than Hemprak – Kangthim or self rule would be acceptable to them. He however said that the outfit was not opposed to any other party or organization’s demand of implementing article 244 (A) of the Indian Constitution. Dera said the KLNLF has demanded setting up of five designated camps within the boundary of Karbi Anglong and NC Hills but that the government has not permitted them to set-up any camp in NC Hills. If the DHD (N) can have a designated base camp in Karbi Anglong why the KLNLF has been denied of the same privilege, the publicity secretary asked. Dera informed that he along with four senior members from the KLNLF including its general secretary would take part in the peace parley with the government. He said that the KLNLF was meanwhile continuing discussion with representatives of all the multi ethnic community residing in Karbi Anglong. During the press meet, Dera made it clear that the outfit did not have any controversy with UPDS as the two groups have altogether separate entity. He said the KLNLF was ready to sit alongside UPDS leadership to sort out any difference creeping between the two sides so that fratricidal killing could be avoided. He also said that the responsibility of preventing clashes among over ground radical groups lay with the government as they have necessary mechanisms to prevent such unwanted affairs from taking place. Dera did not deny that the UPDS was like the breakaway factions within ULFA in which KLNLF was the parent body where maximum members of the founders were present. The KLNLF spokesman said since the outfit was following the dictum of union home minister, P. Chidambaram, the progress of talk should not take long to come to a logical conclusion. Dera said it was decided during the Unified Command meeting on December 21 last year in Guwahati that the army would not operate in KLNLF dominated areas but that the counter-insurgency operations would continue as usual. Dera said that, in the proposed separate state envisaged by KLNLF, all the ethnic communities would be treated as brothers and their interests would be looked after, but reminded that as a responsible citizen, every community would have to join hands with them in obtaining the dream of a separate state. Dera also informed that killing of Hindi speaking community by KLNLF members was not the choice or decision of the outfit, but was carried out by some over enthusiastic zealots of the group.

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