Assam: CM urges insurgents to join peace process
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Last Updated: Monday, August 15, 2011, 19:15
  
Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Monday appealed to the anti-talk ULFA group led by its 'commander-in-chief' Paresh Baruah and other insurgent outfits to abjure violence and come for peace talks with the government.

"We urge the group led by Paresh Baruah to come from the shadows of anti-national forces and be a part of the peace process in Assam", Gogoi said in his address at the Independence Day celebrations in the Latasil Parade ground here.

"The people of Assam want peace along with all round development of the state. This is possible only through peace and it has also been recognised today by those who had earlier taken up arms", he said.

"The militancy groups still resorting to violence are urged to give up their arms and return to the discussion table", Gogoi said.

The chief minister, however, warned that government operations against those extremist outfits indulging in violence would continue for the security of the people.

"No problem can be solved through violence. Only through discussions and democratic process issues can be settled," he said.

"These cadres are members of our society...our brothers and sisters. We don't want loss of any human life. In the interest of Assam's development and progress all must give up the path of violence", Gogoi said.

"A few days ago the pro-talk ULFA group had also submitted their charter of demands to the union home Minister", the Chief Minister said.

"ULFA pro-talk group under the leadership of its chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa has declared unilateral indefinite ceasefire. The Ranjan Daimary faction of the NDFB has also declared a ceasefire from August one," Gogoi said.

Due to the efforts of the state government, he said, the peace process had been initiated with the ULFA and other militant outfits such as the United Peoples democratic Society (UPDS), Dima Halam Daogah (DHD-Jewel) and Karbi Longri National Liberation Front (KLNLF).

"My government's efforts had also resulted in ceasefire agreements with the DHD (Nunisa) group, UPDS, KLNLF, NDFB (Dhiren Boro) group and Adivasi Cobra Militants of Assam (ACMA)," Gogoi said.

He also asserted that due to the result-oriented measures of his government during the last two terms had today brought about tremendous improvement to the state's law and order situation.

"To many misguided youths have returned to the main stream and violent activities are now on the wane. Most of the insurgent groups have come forward for solving their problems through discussions," Gogoi said.

The state government was also sincerely taking all measures for restoration of permanent peace in the state, he added.

PTI


First Published: Monday, August 15, 2011, 19:15


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