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Meghalaya govt extends ceasefire with ANVC
Correspondent SHILLONG, MAR 11
Published on 11 Mar. 2010 11:47 PM IST
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Chief Minister DD Lapang favoured the extension of ceasefire agreement with the banned A’chik National Volunteers’ Council (ANVC) in Meghalaya. “We cannot drive them (ANVC) to the wall…they might go to the extreme,” Lapang, who also holds the Home portfolio, told journalists here. The six-year-old tripartite ceasefire agreement signed in July 2004 between the Centre and Meghalaya government and the ANVC will expire on March 31 next. On Sunday, the ANVC leadership had expressed its disappointment that its demand for creation of a Garo Territorial Council was dismissed by the government. “Till date, we have been following the policy of quiet diplomacy seeking a pragmatic solution to our demand but the government till date has not realised it,'' ANVC, Chairman, Dilash R Marak said. However, the ANVC had decided to seek views from the public representatives on whether the outfit should continue the cease-fire agreement or return to its armed struggle. Lapang, who rushed his deputy Dr Mukul M Sangma to New Delhi to purse up with the matter, said the people in Garo hills does not want return of violence and fear psychosis. On ANVC’s demand, the Chief Minister said, it all depends on the recommendations of the ceasefire Joint Monitoring Group (JMG). “The government is bound to oblige public opinion and recommendations of the JMG,” Lapang added. Earlier, the United A’chik Peace Forum (UAPF) also favoured extension of the cease-fire agreement between the banned militant outfit. “We want the government to extend the tripartite ceasefire agreement with the ANVC to ensure peace in the Garo Hills,” UAPF chairman, president G C R Marak said.

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