Leaders of the proscribed outfit – Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC), is likely to visit Meghalaya this week for peace negotiations with the government.
According to sources, the leaders would deliberate on the issues based on which they would like to proceed with the political dialogue.
Earlier on August 5, three leaders of the HNLC visited the state and met the government interlocutors. The representatives included the outfit’s vice chairman Manbhalang Jyrwa, political secretary Aristerwell Thongni, foreign secretary Phrangkupar Diengdoh, and two PSOs – Aiborlem Marbaniang and Storgy Lyngdoh.
The visit addressed the current tripartite peace negotiations between the Government of India, the Meghalaya Government, and the group. It was possible after the government had agreed to grant safe passage to the outfit leaders. However, the five leaders had recently returned to Bangladesh.
The Meghalaya Home minister – Lahkmen Rymbui, has refused to comment on the ongoing peace negotiations with the proscribed outfit – Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC).
“The government will not comment on the matter until a firm decision is initiated. Let us give the peace talk a chance and hope it proceeds as per plan,” Rymbui said. He, however, denied that there was any stalemate involved in the process.
Rymbui added that preliminary talks took place with the outfit. “It is not a question of coming and going back to Bangladesh, it is a question that the dialogue has begun, but they need to hold meetings between themselves,” he continued.