Ceasefire with ANVC extended for 3 months

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 23:31

Shillong: The Centre on Tuesday extended the
ceasefire with the banned Achik National Volunteer Council
(ANVC) of Meghalaya by three months.

"A revised ceasefire agreement was signed by ANVC at
the meeting of Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Group held in New
Delhi," an official source told agency.

The ceasefire agreement was due to expire on March 31.
MHA Joint Secretary in-charge of northeast Naveen
Verma was present at the meeting which was attended by three
senior ANVC leaders, including its `general secretary` W
Marak.

Sources said ANVC assured "to adhere to the ceasefire
ground rules and have better control on the camps and the
cadre".

The revised ceasefire agreement incorporates stringent
measures for adherence to the ground-rules, with the group
being accused of violating them while in truce since 2004,
officials said.
ANVC had also met Centre`s interlocutor and former IB
chief P C Haldar in New Delhi yesterday. Haldar had also met
the group`s representatives in Shillong on March 16 where the
political demands of the group were discussed.

The banned group, which had entered into a tripartite
ceasefire agreement with Centre and the state in 2004, had
threatened to walk out of the truce if the Centre failed to
come up with a "workable solution" to their demands.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 23:31

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