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Leader offers to broker peace between govt, HNLC
Correspondent SHILLONG, AUG 19:
Published on 19 Aug. 2010 11:48 PM IST
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A senior church leader in Meghalaya Thursday offered to broker peace between the government and the outlawed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) for political dialogue.
“I am ready to mediate between the government and the HNLC if they asked me to do so in the interest of Meghalaya,” PBM Basaiawmoit, the vice president of National Council of Churches in India, said.
Basaiawmoit’s willingness to broker a peace between the government and the tribal Khasi rebel group is significant after the HNLC offered to hold political dialogue with the government.
“It is a positive sign on their part (HNLC) to offer for a political dialogue and we hope that both sides now with parameters which not be stumbling block for the sake of peace,” Basaiawmoit, a former emissary of the Ministry of Home Affairs to negotiate with HNLC, said.
Basaiawmoit had earlier accused the centre of lack of sincerity for expediting the ceasefire agreement with the insurgent outfit.
He also lashed out at the then Home Minister Shivraj Patil for his alleged “failure’’ to honour the commitment of unconditional dialogue with the HNLC rebels.
HNLC General Secretary Cherishstarfield Thangkhiew Sunday offered to hold political dialogue with the government.
Welcoming the offer for political dialogue, Chief Minister Mukul Sangma said his government was ready for talks to ensure lasting peace.

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