ANVC pact awaits approval

By Our Reporter

 SHILLONG: The Centre is yet to give its seal of approval to the draft peace agreement between the Centre, State government and ANVC.

Sources in the State Home department on Thursday informed that the final peace agreement is yet to be placed before the Union Cabinet for its approval.

The Union Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs headed by the Prime Minister is examining the final peace settlement with the ANVC and the ANVC (B).

After the clearance from the Political Affairs Committee, the matter will be brought before the Union Cabinet for consideration.

Though the breakaway faction of the outfit –ANVC-B — is also a part of the agreement, but one of its leaders Singbirth N Marak alias Norrok X Momin recently deserted the outfit and formed United A’chik Liberation Army (UALA).

Reacting to a query, sources said that the State Government has already made it clear to the Central Government on the need to expedite the whole process.

“The Central Government is aware of our concern,” sources added.

The Centre recently intimated to the State Government that the draft agreement received the recommendations from various ministries and it would be approved by the Union Cabinet shortly.

It was in January in Shillong, ahead of the Assembly elections in the State, that the Government had signed a draft peace pact with both factions of the ANVC.

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