Meghalaya CM stresses on peace in Garo Hills
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Last Updated: Monday, December 05, 2011, 22:09
Shillong: Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma on Monday underlined the need to ensure lasting peace in the militant-hit Garo Hills region.

"The government is moving ahead with caution and what is best for the people will be decided by the government with the intention of ensuring lasting peace," Sangma said after a review meeting of the State Security Commission.

The three Garo Hills district in Meghalaya are currently the hotbed of militant activities which saw cases of abduction, killing and extortion.

Sangma told reporters that his government was keen on finding a long term solution towards ensuring peace in the region and to prevent mushrooming of militant outfits.

Refusing to elaborate on the steps taken by the government, he said, "Due to sensitivity of the issue, we are only looking at whether we have achieved our desired goals... we are concerned at what is happening there and that necessary steps are taken by the government in various forms."

Leader of Opposition Conrad K Sangma earlier demanded that the government initiate peace talks with the militant outfit Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA).

"Certain suggestions have come. We will examine them and find out the best way forward. We are engaged in some important objectives of neutralising (anti social) organisations, militant outfits," the chief minister said.


First Published: Monday, December 05, 2011, 22:09

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