Assam govt welcomes ULFA ceasefire

The Assam government on Wednesday welcomed the declaration of ceasefire by the Arabinda Rajkhowa-led pro-talk faction of ULFA and said it would take steps to facilitate peace talks.

Guwahati: The Assam government on Wednesday welcomed
the declaration of ceasefire by the Arabinda Rajkhowa-led
pro-talk faction of ULFA and said it would take steps to
facilitate peace talks.

"The Assam government welcomes ULFA Chairman Arabinda
Rajkhowa`s initiative to come forward for peace talks with the
government and will take all steps to facilitate the peace
talks," the state government said in a statement.
The government appealed to the ULFA faction led by Paresh
Barua, to come forward for talks, but said it would not wait
indefinitely.

It said the government was "committed to keeping its doors
open for talks with this group if it shuns the path of
violence, but it will not wait indefinitely."
Asserting that it was always ready for talks with any
organisation on all outstanding issues in a peaceful manner,
the government appealed to the NDFB (Ranjan Daimary faction)
and militant Adivasi organisations to come forward for
dialogue.

The government has already initiated talks with NDFB
(Progressive), Adivasi Cobra and Birsa Commando Force (BCF).

PTI

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