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Dialogue onus on Mukul govt

- Haldar hopeful of talks

Shillong, Nov. 20: Former Intelligence Bureau chief and the Centre’s interlocutor in talks with the ANVC and Ulfa, P.C. Haldar, today said it would be up to the Meghalaya government to take a call whether to accommodate the cadres who had defected from the ANVC.

He also said talks with Ulfa were moving in a “positive direction”.

“As there are divisions with the ANVC, it will now be up to the state government to take a view whether the other boys should also be brought in,” Haldar, also a member of the National Security Advisory Board (NSAB), told reporters here.

The ANVC (B), a breakaway faction of the ANVC, has emerged recently. It is led by Rimpu N. Marak.

In a letter to Meghalaya chief minister Mukul M. Sangma recently, Marak said: “I would like to bring to your knowledge that we had a preliminary round of talks with the representatives of your government on April 13, 2012, at Shillong Police guesthouse. We submitted all the documents asked by the government on April 20, 2012, without any delay hoping to speed up the peace process.”

The state government is yet to take the talks forward.

“We have responded to the state’s invitation for talks and sat with the government’s representatives making clear our intention for the interest of the people of Garo hills,” Marak said.

Making a subtle appeal to the breakaway faction, Haldar said: “To those who are not talking to us at the moment, we can only appeal to them. Dialogue is the only way to end problems.”

The truce with the ANVC was extended by another year with effect from October 1 after the Centre reviewed the activities of the group.

The ANVC had scaled down from its demand for a separate “Garoland” state to an autonomous council. It had entered into a tripartite ceasefire with the central and state governments on July 23, 2004.

On dialogue with Ulfa, Haldar said the talks are “moving in a positive direction”. He, however, refused to divulge details.

Haldar also said peace processes in the Northeast have definitely “brought down violence” although he pointed out that there are certain points of concern.

“There are still certain factions that have so far not come to the table or have broken away. I feel they will also see the reason as it is only through dialogues that one can end problems,” he said.