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Bodos hail ceasefire agreement

Saturday 18 June 2005

UDALGURI: Bodos on Friday welcomed the ceasefire agreement between the National Democratic Front of Boroland and the Centre and pledged their support to the peace process. The ceasefire agreement came into effect on June 1 for a period of one year. Thousands of Bodos clad in traditional attire attended a peace rally organised by the All-Boro Peace Forum here to mobilise public support for the peace process. However, they were disappointed by the absence of NDFB leaders, who had to rush to Guwahati for a meeting of the Ceasefire Monitoring Group. A 12-member NDFB delegation, led by general secretary Govinda Basumatary, attended the meeting chaired by Rajiv Agarwal, Joint Secretary in the Home Ministry.

Forum chairman Moniram Mochahari said the peace process must have the support of the masses for a meaningful dialogue and a lasting solution. .

Assam Home Commissioner B.K. Gohain told The Hindu over telephone from Guwahati that the ceasefire monitoring group discussed the setting up of designated camps for the NDFB cadres and other formalities relating to the implementation of ground rules of the agreement.

See online : The Hindu

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