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ANVC sets condition for talks with Haldar
Correspondent Shillong, Mar 14
Published on 14 Mar. 2010 11:29 PM IST
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Setting condition for talks, the A’chik National Volunteers Council (ANVC) has asked PC Haldar to hold meeting with them in their heartland at Tura, the district headquarters of Meghalaya’s West Garo hills district. “The government has invited us to Shillong for a meeting with Haldar, but we have asked the government to hold the meeting in Tura,” ANVC’s spokesman, Arist Sangma said. However, government officails said they are yet to recieve ANVC’s request. Haldar, Centre’s peace intercultor, scheduled to arrive here tomorrow to meet Meghalaya government officials and ANVC leaders on March 16. The six-year-old tripartite ceasefire agreement was signed in July 2004 between the Centre, Meghalaya government and the ANVC will expire on March 31. The outfit had threatened to return to armed struggle over the centre’s unilateral decision to have a periodic ceasefire agreement rather than the indefinite one, besides government dismissing its demand for creation of a Garo Territorial Council. However, the ANVC had decided to seek views from the public representatives on whether the outfit should continue the ceasefire agreement or return to its armed struggle. Chief Minister DD Lapang who also favoured the extension of ceasefire agreement with ANVC said that the people in Garo hills did not want return of violence in Garo Hills. 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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