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Meghalaya govt wants HNLC leaders to join peace talks

The HNLC is in a tripartite peace talks with the state and central government. 

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Shillong: The Meghalaya government on Monday said the outlawed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council’s (HNLC) “Chairman” Bobby Marwein and it’s “General Secretary,” Sainkupar Nongtraw should be present in the next round of the tripartite peace talks.

“We have already communicated to HNLC about the presence of their top leaders in the next rounds of talks. The ball is now in their court,” Deputy Chief Minister in-charge Home, Prestone Tynsong said. 

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The HNLC is in a tripartite peace talks with the state and central government. 

Tynsong said the government is waiting for the outfit to reply and fix the next round of talks with the presence of its top leaders.

The Deputy Chief Minister informed that issues like general amnesty were discussed in the first round of talks. 

“We also said that we want to talk to top leaders, not just the vice chairman. If they are serious … I appeal to them to communicate their decision through their interlocutor and our (government) interlocutor. We are ready for further sitting in the days to come,” he added. 

The HNLC however has expressed its reservation against a summon notice issued to its General Secretary Sainkupar Nongtraw while the tripartite peace talks were on.

Moreover, the outfit has demanded the government must consider general amnesty to all its leaders and also threatened to walk out of the peace talks if their demand was not met.

Stating that the summon notice was not issued by the government but by the court, Tynsong said, “it is just a normal process of the court… they need not be so panicky about the warrant issued by the court or by the summons issued by the court. 

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