Ceasefire with ANVC extended for 3 months
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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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