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No more dialogue with militants: Meghalaya CM

By Raju Das

SHILLONG, `June 6 - Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma today said there would be no more political dialogue with any militant outfit, but militants would be pursued to come overground.

Touching on the previous experiences to hold political talks with militant outfits, he said such experiences have �burnt fingers� and so the present Government would hold no such talks.

�Peace talks and Suspension of Operations has harmed the State more. We have burnt our fingers by holding such talks with the Achik National Volunteers� Council (ANVC) in the past. Several new groups have mushroomed from the ANVC, so we are seeking militant outfits to come overground and join the mainstream, instead of such talks,� Sangma said.

Therefore, ruling out political dialogue with the Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC), Sangma said, a process to facilitate cadres of the outfit to join the mainstream is underway.

He informed that as part of the process, an interlocutor is appointed after consultation and approval from the Central Government who facilitates the militants to join mainstream.

The CM made the Government�s stand clear after the HNLC made a statement that MLAs should oust Sangma from his chair for delaying peace talks with the outfit.

�The HNLC is operating from Bangladesh, though they have their networks in the State. They are conniving with the ULFA and arming themselves. They are active in their criminal activities,� he added.

Sangma said the Central Government would be asked to put pressure on the �friendly� Bangladesh Government so that no militant outfit finds safe haven in that neighbouring country.

Moreover, the Chief Minister said that the security agencies would be reviewing the overall law and order situation in Khasi-Jaintia Hills in view of the recent statement made by HNLC.

Meanwhile, after the massive surrender of Garo National Liberation Council cadres recently another outfit from Garo Hills � United Achik Liberation Army is about to be disbanded. The disbanding ceremony of the UALA would be held on June 9 in Garo Hills.

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