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  • The former HNLC general secretary would ultimately be apprised about the initiative for negotiatio, only after the Government takes a final decision on the issue of appointing a mediator: Dy CM
  • The doors is always open for the cadres of the militant outfit to come over ground, said Tynsong

By Our Reporter | Shillong, Oct 22, 2018: 

Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong on Monday said that the State Government is yet to decide on “popular” suggestion to make former HNLC general secretary, Cheristerfield Thangkhiew to be the ‘mediator’ for bringing the outfit to the negotiations table.

“If the Government feels that that he (Cheristerfield) will be the mediator then officially it would have to be decided. As of now, the Government is yet to take a call on this,” Tynsong told media persons here today.

He said that the former HNLC general secretary would ultimately be apprised about the initiative for negotiation, only after the Government take a final decision on the issue of appointing a mediator.

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Earlier, the HNLC had stated that it would accept the offer of its former general secretary (Thangkhiew) to act as the ‘mediator’ to bring the outfit to the negotiations table.

When asked if the Centre would also be involved in the peace negotiations with the HNLC, he said “Let all cadres of the HNLC come over ground first then all these angles would be looked into.”

Reacting to the Opposition Congress’s critical stand on the surrender process of Cheristerfield, the Dy CM said that this is not the first time since it was former Chief Minister Dr D.D.Lapang who had received former HNLC chairman Julius Dorphang, when he had come overground.

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“Special passage has to be there if anybody wants to come over ground. Do we want to say that we should allow them to continue take up arms. The remark on the part of the Congress is very childish,” Deputy Chief Minister said.

Meanwhile, Tynsong asserted that the doors is always open for the cadres of the militant outfit to come over ground. When asked if Cheristerfield has put any conditions before surrendering, Deputy Chief Minster said that the former general secretary has not put any kind of condition to come over ground.

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Reacting to Cheristerfield’s denial on the whole surrendering process and his assertion that it was a “retirement” from the HNLC not surrender, Tynsong said that there is no difference since the main objective was to come back to the mainstream. “The efforts of the Government would be to see that all the cadres of the HNLC comes back to the mainstream,” Tynsong said.

When asked if the government has received any feelers of other 14 HNLC cadres joining mainstream, the Deputy Chief Minister said that he is not aware about it.

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