SHILLONG, Nov 28 � Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma today told the State Assembly that the State Government appreciates the positive response from the Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) to come forward for talks and the government is in the process of identifying an interlocutor to start the peace process.
Replying to a Call Attention Notice tabled by Hill State People�s Democratic Party (HSPDP) legislator Ardent M Basaiawmoit, Sangma said the Government has initiated the peace process with the HNLC.
Sangma informed the House that the HNLC has expressed its willingness to have peace talks after the State Government appealed to all militant and insurgent organisations to come over ground and avail the rehabilitation package for all the cadres, which would include counselling, handholding and sustainable livelihood.
The Chief Minister said that after today�s announcement it is expected that HNLC will now restrain from any unlawful activities and also desist from further recruitment of cadres in order to create a conducive environment for the talks to proceed.
He further informed the House that militants belonging to Achik National Volunteer Council (ANVC) and its breakaway group ANVC (B) are expected to surrender all their weapons in early December this year to pave the way for the disbanding of these two groups.
Meanwhile, the week-long Winter session of the Assembly was adjourned sine die by Speaker Abu Taher Mondal.