Formal talks with ULFA soon: Gogoi

The much awaited formal peace talks with ULFA will be held soon with the Centre asking the Assam government to work out modalities to facilitate the parleys, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said.

Last Updated: Jul 22, 2011, 19:32 PM IST

Guwahati: The much awaited formal peace
talks with ULFA will be held soon with the Centre asking the
Assam government to work out modalities to facilitate the
parleys, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said on Friday.

"The Centre has given us the green signal to go ahead
on how the talks should proceed. The talks will be held soon
but I cannot give a date now," Gogoi told reporters here.
"The talks will be held between ULFA and the central
government with our full knowledge. Our opinion will be taken
on their (ULFA) charter of demands... On how much we can
accept," he said.
To a query on the discussions being held in Delhi,
Gogoi said, "the talks can take place anywhere."

So far only preliminary rounds of talks between the
ULFA and the Centre`s interlocutor P C Haldar have been held
here. "But now direct talks will start. They will be held at
different levels."

ULFA `chairman` Arabinda Rajkhowa led an eight-member
team during introductory talks with Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh and Union Home Minister P Chidambaram in February.

On elusive `commander-in-chief` Paresh Baruah joining
the peace talks, Gogoi said, "I again appeal to him to abjure
violence and come for talks."

PTI