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Security GJMM focus for talks

Posted by Ramesh Khati on July 30, 2009

SILIGURI, 29 JULY: The GJMM leadership would stress most on the national security issue at the tripartite dialogue slated on 11 August in New Delhi.
The party is now busy formulating the series of issues hitherto unaddresed in the previous two rounds of tripartite negotiations held on the question of Gorkhaland.
The GJMM general secretary, Mr Roshan Giri today said that the proposed Gorkhaland state being surrounded by four international borders the national security question had assumed paramount significance.
“We would like to emphasize that the formation of a separate state must prove a bulwark against the security threat from across the country’s international border.
The ceaseless influx from neighbouring Bangladesh with the political connivance and its serious security implications for our country would also figure prominently in course of the scheduled dialogue,” Mr Giri said.
“The issue came up in the previous rounds of talks. We would this time project our views on the sensitive matter in the form of a memorandum which is being prepared now,” the GJMM leader said.
Speaking on the matter, the party’s media secretary, Mr Harka Bahadur Chettri said that they would address the security apprehensions centering round their statehood demand as expressed from the official sides during the two previous round of talks.
“We would enlighten the Centre that the formation of Gorkhaland would help the country meet the security threat from across the international frontiers instead of the other way round.
There is absolutely no reason to apprehend that the separate homeland for the Gorkha community in the strategically sensitive region would compromise the security perception of the country. Rather the reverse is true,” he said.
He further stated that the party was busy giving the final shape to the issues they would raise at the talks.
“We are finding out the important issues left unaddresed in the last two rounds.
The deliberation would continue for some days to finalize the issues we would like to place in the dialogue agenda,” Mr Chettri added.

Source:The Statesman

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