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ANVC concerned over slow pace of negotiation
Correspondent Tura, (Meghalaya) Feb 23:
Published on 24 Feb. 2011 12:18 AM IST
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The outlawed A’chik National Volunteers Council (ANVC), a powerful rebel group in Meghalaya, Wednesday expressed concerns on the pace of political negotiation for the creation of an autonomous council with the government.
“We are not happy with the undue delay of the political negotiations.
We wanted a solution to our demand but the government seems not to be serious. We are closely watching on it,” ANVC spokesperson Torik Jangning Marak said over the phone.
The rebel group fighting for creation of Garoland Autonomous Council in Meghalaya’s Garo Hills region had entered into a tripartite ceasefire with the central and the state governments July 23, 2004.
In fact, the ANVC operates had scaled down its demand for creation of separate Garoland state to an autonomous council in line with the Bodoland Territorial Council in Assam.
“The Meghalaya government has assured to sent its views and comments on our demand to the centre but they haven’t done so till date,” Marak said.
That apart, Marak also accused the Meghalaya government of delaying in disbursing fund to the ANVC cadres sheltered in two peace camps – Jetra and Samanda, and ANVC’s liaison office at Tura, the district headquarters of West Garo Hills.
“The Meghalaya government has not disbursed the monthly stipends meant for the ANVC cadres for the past six months and other funds maintaining our liaison office,” the ANVC spokesman said.
“The centre has even sent a note to the Meghalaya government to clear all the pending funds meant for us.
But we don’t know what is going on the mind of the state government. That’s why, we are keeping a close watch on it,” Marak said.
The ANVC maintains few camps in Bangladesh. Meghalaya shares a 443-km border with Bangladesh, part of it porous, hilly and unfenced, and prone to frequent infiltration.

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