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ANVC rebels unhappy with slow pace of dialogue
Correspondent TURA (MEGHALAYA), JUNE 6:
Published on 7 Jun. 2011 1:13 AM IST
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The outlawed A’chik National Volunteers Council (ANVC), a powerful rebel group in Meghalaya, Monday expressed concern on the slow pace slow pace of political negotiation for the creation of an autonomous council.
“We are not happy with the inordinate delay of the political negotiations. We will be leaving for Delhi in a day or two to raise the issue,” ANVC spokesperson Torik Jangning Marak said.
During their proposed visit to New Delhi, the ANVC rebel leaders would meet Centre interlocutor Pradyot Chandra Haldar and Joint Secretary Ministry of Home Affairs for North East Shambu Singh.
“We will ask from them (centre) the reason for this undue delay to implement our demand,” Marak said
The rebel group is fighting for creation of Garoland Autonomous Council in Meghalaya’s Garo Hills region and had entered into a tripartite ceasefire with the central and the state governments July 23, 2004.
In fact, the ANVC had scaled down its demand for creation of separate Garoland state to an autonomous council in line with the Bodoland Territorial Council in Assam.
“We wanted a solution to our demand but the state government seems not to be serious with our demand. We are closely watching on it and will take our decision accordingly,” Marak said.
Earlier, Meghalaya Chief Secretary W.M.S. Pariat had said that the state would submit its views and comments on the ANVC’s demand to New Delhi within three months.
He also made it clear that the decision on the creation of the autonomous council mainly lies with the central government as it needed a constitutional amendment.
The ANVC, one of the five Garo rebel groups, operates in Garo Hills region and has training camps in Bangladesh.
Meghalaya shares a 443-km border with Bangladesh, part of which is porous, hilly and unfenced and prone to frequent infiltration.

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