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Talks with HNLC in ambit of constitution: Lyngdoh
Correspondent SHILLONG, DEC 22:
Published on 22 Dec. 2010 11:01 PM IST
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Meghalaya Home Minister H.D.R.Lyngdoh Wednesday said dialogue with the outlawed Hynñiewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) will be held only within the framework of the constitution.
“We are willing to talk with them (HNLC) provided they abjure violence and are willing to talk within the framework of the Constitution,” Lyngdoh said.
The HNLC, which runs hit-and-run operations from its hideout in Bangladesh, has been demanding a sovereign Khasi homeland in eastern part of Meghalaya.
Meghalaya shares a 443-km border with Bangladesh, part of which is porous, hilly and unfenced, and prone to frequent infiltration.
Asked if the government plans to offer “safe passage” to the HNLC rebels to and fro to facilitate peace dialogue, the Home Minister said, “If they (HNLC) are serious to come to the mainstream, the government is ready to provide the safe passage.”
Earlier, the HNLC General Secretary Cherishstarfield Thangkhiew had offered to hold political dialogue with the government.
“HNLC believes in political dialogue, not in violence to solve all problems of the tribal Hynniewtrep community,” Thangkhiew said.
The tribal Khasi militant outfit is closely linked to the NDFB as well as to the Isak-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland and the National Liberation Front of Tripura. Another outlawed outfit, the A’chik National Volunteers Council (ANVC), fighting for creation of Garoland Territorial Council in Meghalaya’s Garo Hills region, entered into a tripartite ceasefire with the central and the state government July 23, 2004.

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