Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Monday said his government recently received an official communication from the proscribed Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) related to the ongoing peace talks.
While declining to share details of the communication, Sangma said, “We have further sent (the communication) for the information and for a reply from the Central government.”
“And as we get the reply, we will further communicate with the HNLC and take the talks forward,” he assured.
Stating that the peace talks are on track, the chief minister said, “We are in touch with them (HNLC) and communication is on.”
He said there are certain points that need to be discussed and certain concerns that are there that have been raised are not very serious but very important even as he expressed confidence that all the stakeholders who are involved in this talks are keen to get long-lasting peace.
“We are keen that this matter be resolved and I want to reiterate from the Meghalaya government side that we want these talks to move forward and that we reach to a logical conclusion and we are seeing that things are moving in the right direction but since this is a complicated issue there are always concerns and it is important to continue to engage and resolve those issues and continue to move forward. I am quite positive that we will be able to resolve these issues and have long-lasting peace in our state,” Sangma asserted.
On the HNLC’s demand for amnesty, the chief minister said, “There are certain matters as this requires discussions at certain levels so it will not be proper for me to discuss.”