ANVC unhappy with slow pace of dialogue

June 6th, 2011 - 9:58 pm ICT by IANS  

Shillong, June 6 (IANS) The outlawed A’chik National Volunteers Council (ANVC), a powerful rebel group in Meghalaya, Monday expressed concern on the slow pace of political negotiation for the creation of an autonomous council.

“We are not happy with the inordinate delay of the political negotiations. We will be leaving for Delhi in a day or two to raise the issue,” ANVC spokesperson Torik Jangning Marak told IANS by phone.

In New Delhi, the ANVC leaders would meet central government interlocutor Pradyot Chandra Haldar and a senior home ministry official.

“We will ask the reason for this undue delay to implement our demand,” Marak said

The rebel group is fighting to create a Garoland Autonomous Council in Meghalaya’s Garo Hills region. It entered into a tripartite ceasefire with the central and the state governments July 23, 2004.

“We wanted a solution to our demand but the state government seems not to be serious about our demand. We are closely watching on it and will take our decision accordingly,” Marak said.

The ANVC, one of the five Garo rebel groups, operates in Garo Hills region and has training camps in Bangladesh.

Meghalaya shares a 443-km border with Bangladesh, part of which is porous, hilly and unfenced and prone to frequent infiltration.

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