Centre’s intervention sought for peace talks with HNLC

Correspondent SHILLONG, AUG 29 | Publish Date: 8/29/2021 12:12:50 PM IST

BJP leader and Meghalaya cabinet minister Sanbor Shullai on Sunday sought the Centre’s intervention for facilitating peace talks with banned Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC). Shullai also submitted a letter addressed to Union Home Minister Amit Shah during his meeting with the Union Joint Secretary of Home Affairs Piyush Goyal in New Delhi on Friday last. The South Shillong legislator also briefed about the present-day situation in Meghalaya. 

In the letter, Shullai informed that in connection with the strategic appeal made to the HNLC group banned by the Government of India to give up arms and come mainstream to initiate the peace process, the group in the past too had expressed their desire for a meaningful dialogue with the government of India. He added that the same has been initiated by the MDA government under the able leadership of Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma. However, due to some pre-conditions laid down by the HNLC, the talks have not materialized. 

Asserting the importance of the Central government’s role in bringing several banned organisations for peace dialogues, the BJP leader said, “Thus, the BJP in Meghalaya and the MDA government request the Central government to expedite the peace process with HNLC and help to restore complete peace and tranquillity in Shillong.” 

“The NDA government at the Centre has repeatedly assured the people of the Northeast for a better future so the Ministry of Home Affairs can play a decisive role in engaging the HNLC in a meaningful dialogue under the constitution”.


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