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Talks with HNLC: KHM slams CM

FROM OUR REPORTER

SHILLONG, June 9: The Youth wing of the Khun Hynniewtrep tiol Awakening Movement (KHM) has slammed Chief Minister Mukul Sangma’s for alleged reluctance to hold peace-talks with the proscribed Hynniewtrep tiol Liberation Council (HNLC).

“The statement made by the CM recently has contradicted his earlier stand in which he had said that peace talks is very important and that the government had sent its suggestion for initiating talks to the Centre including the mes of two interlocutor and that the state government is awaiting the green sigl from the central government on their suggestions,” KHM State youth wing president Thomas Passah said.

He said the Home Minister R Warjri had echoed similar views of that of the CM in which she informed that the mes of two interlocutors had been sent to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.

“The state government had on February this year released its official statement welcoming peace talks with any militant outfits in the state,” he said adding that the state needs to have peace and harmony in order to usher in growth in various sectors. According to him, the government should invite the HNLC to the negotiation table for peace talks as had been done with the ANVC. “But the silence of the CM clearly shows that there is partiality when it comes to Garo Hills based militants and the single Khasi outfit,” he said.