Saturday, December 9, 2023

M’laya CM assures safety of HNLC militants attending talks


Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Thursday said the safety of Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) militants who are scheduled to take part in the ongoing peace talks would be maintained.
“It’s the duty of the government to ensure that safety of each and everybody who comes for the talks is maintained,” Sangma told reporters.
The militant outfit, which is in a tripartite peace talks with the state and central government, has urged the state government to ensure the safety of its representatives who are scheduled to take part in the tripartite peace talks.
On Thursday, the HNLC has authorised its ‘Vice Chairman Manbhalang Jyrwa, Political Secretary, Aristerwell Thongni and Foreign secretary Phrangkupar Diengdoh’ to participate in the peace talks.
The Chief Minister said that the official level talks with the Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council would start soon and expressed optimism that the peace talks are successful.
The HNLC would be represented by its organisation’s leaders and its representative Sadon K. Blah, who is also the president of the Hynniewtrep National Youth Front (HNYF). The state government has appointed Peter S. Dkhar, a retired bureaucrat as its interlocutor to facilitate the talks with the HNLC. The Ministry of Home Affairs Adviser (North East) AK Mishra will be overseeing the peace process.


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