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Meet stresses N-E peace

Resolution urges Delhi to start talks with insurgents
Shillong, Feb 1 : The 12th annual conference of the North East Region Commonwealth Parliamentary Association passed a resolution urging the Centre to initiate a political dialogue with all insurgent groups for peace and development in the region.
The two-day conference concluded here today.
Announcing the resolution today, Assam Speaker Tanka Bahadur Rai said that the meeting was of the view that most states in the Northeast were affected by insurgency-related activities.
“The impact of violent activities of insurgents obstructs socio-economic development in the region,” Rai said. He said the meet, which dwelt on Insurgency and Its Impact on Development, stressed initiation of a political dialogue with insurgent groups for peace and harmony in the region.
“We unanimously resolve that the Centre and all state governments in the Northeast, affected by insurgency, should initiate discussions with insurgent groups for peace and harmony and to ensure socio-economic development in the interest of the people of the region in particular and nation as a whole,” the resolution said.
In his concluding remarks, Meghalaya Governor R.S. Mooshahary said he was happy that the legislators had discussed the issues related to insurgency and economic development in the Northeast.
On the ways and means to tackle insurgency, Mooshahary said, “I do not subscribe to the view that we need to continue fighting insurgency and terrorism with the help of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act.
“The act has been in use for long and has lost its relevance in view of the emerging role of civil society in violence-prone areas. The legislation has alienated civil society with the passage of time,” he said.
According to him, the country cannot contain insurgency-related violence by alienating its citizens.
“We can tackle the problem more effectively by involving them,” Mooshahary said.
The Meghalaya governor said the police needed to play a greater role along with the citizens in fighting insurgency, while reliance on the armed forces should be reduced.
“Meghalaya and Mizoram, which have had their share of insurgency, are peaceful at present. Tripura is also free from insurgency-related violence, as is Nagaland. Assam is fast becoming normal but for the violence-prone Bodoland Territorial Council area,” Mooshahary said.
“Only Manipur is a difficult state with violence continuing unabated.”
Resolution urges Delhi to start talks with insurgents
Shillong, Feb 1 : The 12th annual conference of the North East Region Commonwealth Parliamentary Association passed a resolution urging the Centre to initiate a political dialogue with all insurgent groups for peace and development in the region.
The two-day conference concluded here today.
Announcing the resolution today, Assam Speaker Tanka Bahadur Rai said that the meeting was of the view that most states in the Northeast were affected by insurgency-related activities.
“The impact of violent activities of insurgents obstructs socio-economic development in the region,” Rai said. He said the meet, which dwelt on Insurgency and Its Impact on Development, stressed initiation of a political dialogue with insurgent groups for peace and harmony in the region.
“We unanimously resolve that the Centre and all state governments in the Northeast, affected by insurgency, should initiate discussions with insurgent groups for peace and harmony and to ensure socio-economic development in the interest of the people of the region in particular and nation as a whole,” the resolution said.
In his concluding remarks, Meghalaya Governor R.S. Mooshahary said he was happy that the legislators had discussed the issues related to insurgency and economic development in the Northeast.
On the ways and means to tackle insurgency, Mooshahary said, “I do not subscribe to the view that we need to continue fighting insurgency and terrorism with the help of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act.
“The act has been in use for long and has lost its relevance in view of the emerging role of civil society in violence-prone areas. The legislation has alienated civil society with the passage of time,” he said.
According to him, the country cannot contain insurgency-related violence by alienating its citizens.
“We can tackle the problem more effectively by involving them,” Mooshahary said.
The Meghalaya governor said the police needed to play a greater role along with the citizens in fighting insurgency, while reliance on the armed forces should be reduced.
“Meghalaya and Mizoram, which have had their share of insurgency, are peaceful at present. Tripura is also free from insurgency-related violence, as is Nagaland. Assam is fast becoming normal but for the violence-prone Bodoland Territorial Council area,” Mooshahary said.
“Only Manipur is a difficult state with violence continuing unabated.”