TURA, Dec 18 - The United A�chik Liberation Army (UALA) militant outfit today inked the �agreed text of settlement� with Meghalaya Government in presence of Chief Minister Mukul Sangma and Home Minister Roshan Warjri.
The government called on all other outfits to shun violence and come to the talks table with a time line of six months. The settlement between the State Government and UALA was signed at a ceremony held at Circuit House here.
UALA Chairman Novembirth Marak alias Chiindik and general secretary Nagra D Shira were the signatories for the outfit while the government representatives were commissioner and secretary Garo Hills Division Peter Ingty and commissioner and secretary, Political department, J Lyngdoh.
The CM termed the signing as �historic� saying it would pave the way for other militant outfits to shun violence and follow suit. �We have to speed up verification process and prepare a calendar of action plan, so that it will send out a positive vibe to the other outfits�, he said.
The outfit was formed in 2012 with the demand for a separate Garoland to be carved out of the State. �The signing of the agreement is a long drawn effort. UALA has demonstrated their serious intention to partner with the government for overall peace and tranquility to prevail in the region�, the CM also said.
He urged other outfits including Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) and Hyniewtrep National Liberation Army (HNLC) to stop all illegal activities and come forward for dialogue. The CM further made the offer a time- bound one stating the government would provide six months time for all outfits to respond and come overground and avail benefits rolled out by the government.
�For socio-economic development and peace in Garo Hills and the State, it is a very happy moment. I am confident that the provisions of the agreement will be abided by the members of the UALA and also by the government�, said Home Minister Roshan Warjri after the ceremony.
UALA chairman said, �We responded to CM�s appeal and decided to come forward for peace. We appeal to other outfits to come forward and hold discussion with the government�. The commander-in-chief of the outfit Norok Momin (Singbirth) was absent during the ceremony which the chairman explained was due to ill health.