New Delhi: The Centre on Wednesday said it will
soon sign a peace pact with two militant groups in Assam and
indicated that the anti-talk faction of the NDFB will enter
into a dialogue with the government.
Home Minister P Chidambaram today said the government has
made significant progress in bringing peace in Assam though
there were groups which were still engaged in militant
He said last month nine groups surrendered their arms and
joined the mainstream and the government was in "talks mode"
with the ULFA.
"We hope that Ranjan Daimary group of NDFB will come
forward for talk shortly. We have signed one agreement with
UPDS. Chief Minister Assam (Tarun Gogoi) and I agreed that the
situation is right to sign at least two more agreements with
two other groups," he said.
Chidambaram said there has been considerable progress in
Assam, with 2011 being a peaceful year and 2012 being more
peaceful so far.
"We hope that efforts being made by the Assam government
and Central government through interlocutors will bear fruit
and all militancy will come to an end. It will take time but
we are moving forward," he said.
Referring to Meghalaya, the Home Minister said the
principal group in the Northeastern state was GNLA which has a
fairly modest strength with some determined cadres.
"The Meghalaya government clearly has an upper hand now
and efforts are being made to apprehend the remaining cadres
of GNLA. There is nothing alarming about the situation in
Meghalaya," he said.
On Tripura, Chidambaram said there were only a few NLFT
and ATTF cadres active in the border state and the situation
there was totally under control.
Chidambaram had visited the three Northeastern states
recently to take stock of the security situation there.