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HNLC leaders arrive in Meghalaya for peace talks

Shilong: Five militant leaders of the outlawed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) have arrived here in Meghalaya to start the peace talks with the Centre and the State government.
The three senior militant leaders are its Vice Chairman, Manbhalang Jyrwa, Political Secretary Aristerwell Thongni, and Foreign secretary Phrangkupar Diengdoh including two of their PSO will be engaging in the tripartite peace talks, HNLC’s peace talks representative Sadon Blah said on Thursday.
The centre and state government has granted a safe passage to the HNLC militant leaders, who are hiding in Bangladesh, was granted after the state government’s interlocutor Peter S. Dkhar held three rounds of meetings during the last three months with the executive members of the militant outfit, who are holed up in Bangladesh.
He said the five HNLC leaders arrived in the state on August 5, and are stationed at the Inspection Bungalow of Meghalaya Energy Corporation Limited (MeECL) at Sumer in Ri-Bhoi district.
Blah, who is also the president of the Hynniewtrep National Youth Front (HNYF), revealed that the HNLC delegation had informally met with the government interlocutor, Dkhar after the arrival in the state.
“Their arrival of the HNLC leaders is one step of the process to start the peace talks between the outfit and the government,” Blah said.
In his recent Independence Day address, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma revealed the peace talks with the HNLC have started.
“The State Government is committed to ensure that the peace talks are concluded at the earliest. We are also thankful to the Government of India for their support,” he said.
Prior to Sangma’s revelation, HNLC General Secretary Sainkupar Nongtraw in an e-mailed had said, “HNLC is committed to the peace talks and expect the same kind of commitment from the government.”
“We believe that the Peace process would be expedited at the earliest and a step toward a political solution would be arrived at. So as to enable Peace and tranquility in the State,” Nongtraw had said, adding that “the HNLC is positive about the initiative taken by the MDA (Meghalaya Democratic Alliance) government as well the approval made by the NDA (National Democratic Alliance) government at the Centre. (UNI)

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