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SHILLONG | Dec 03:

The NPP-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) Government will discuss on the offer of the banned militant outfit- Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) for holding peace talks with the Government.

“We will discuss in the Cabinet on the offer made by the HNLC for holding of the peace talks. I will discuss this matter with my cabinet colleagues,” Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma said today while reacting to a question on the offer made by the HNLC.

Meanwhile, Meghalaya Chief Minister reiterated that the Government has always maintained that they (HNLC) need to shun violence adding that they should not set any pre-conditions while offering to take a step towards political dialogue.

“If we are convinced that the insurgent group is serious in having a peace dialogue then the matter will be brought to the cabinet by the Political department,” Sangma said.

It may be mentioned that the HNLC, in a statement, had recently offered to hold political dialogue with the centre and the state government but maintained that they will not surrender first.

The banned militant outfit had also cautioned that if it doesn’t materialise, they don’t mind continuing their struggle as they neither lack manpower, money power, nor firepower.

Stating that the state government is concerned about the overall peace in the state, the chief minister said that they would like to bring all the youths, who are part of the ban insurgent group, to the mainstream.

“We will have to follow the procedures. We cannot arrive to any conclusion with properly examining the matter,” he added.

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