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SHILLONG, February 08: The proscribed militant outfit in Khasi Jaintia Hills, Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) has expressed that it is ready for a peace talk with the Central Government as well as the State Government.

As per the statement signed by Sainkupar Nongtraw, Publicity and General Secretary, it was expressed that following requests from the majority and also elders, it has decided to give another try for peace to prevail again.

As per the statement, it was expressed that after the killing of its former leader who came back to the mainstream, Cherishterfield Thangkhiew, the aim for a peace talk was affected and the death of the former leader had cause much sorrow all across the land of the Hynniewtrep for Bah Che was eager to finally have a peace talk and he was also entrusted with the task of passing on this message to the Indian Government.

The statement of Nongtraw has clearly expressed that the outfit wants to have a peace talk with the two Governments as per the Indian Constitution and ready to come forward for a peace talk without any conditional demands.

Furthermore,the statement of Nongtraw also expressed hope that the civil society organisations and the public will also take part in this peace talk and to uphold it. The statement also pointed that as per the expressions of elders, this talk will result in many benefits for the region and especially for the Government in maintaining law and order.

He has also expressed that this time it is in the hands of the Government and whether it truly wants peace or to continue with rebellions in the State.

It may be pointed that the State Government has time and again expressed that the door for a peace talk with the HNLC is open but the members of the outfit must stop their terrorizing activities and that the talks must be free from any conditional demands.

On the 2nd of February itself, the Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Conrad Kongkal Sangma stated again that the door of the Government is open for a peace talk with the militant outfit Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC), but the talk must be free from any conditions.

The Chief Minister said that in the past 3 years, the Government has tried to hold a peace talk with the HNLC and also said that the Central Government has expressed that the conditions laid down by the HNLC cannot be accepted, and the State Government has forwarded the message that they ought to come forward for the peace talk without any conditions.

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