‘Next round of talks between Centre, ULFA soon’
Assam CM Tarun Gogoi said the next round of talks between the Centre and ULFA is likely to resume "very soon" as the banned outfit has given enough indication to resume the dialogue.
New Delhi: Assam Chief Minister Tarun
Gogoi on Wednesday said the next round of talks between the Centre
and ULFA is likely to resume "very soon" as the banned outfit
has given enough indication to resume the dialogue.
"Indication is that they want to resume the talks very
soon. I think they will make a public announcement soon,"
An eight member delegation of ULFA leaders, led by its
`chairman` Arabinda Rajkhowa, in February had met Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh, Home Minister P Chidambaram and Home
Secretary Gopal K Pillai and began the process of dialogue,
after three decades of insurgency.
Gogoi, who led Congress to a third successive victory
in the assembly polls in April, said government would like to
have ULFA`s military chief Paresh Barua in the talks but would
not wait for him indefinitely.
"We want him in the talks. He should also take part.
But we will not wait for him indefinitely," Gogoi said adding
that government was waiting for a formal communication from
the pro-talks group of the outfit to resume the dialogue
Although ULFA `chairman` Arabinda Rajkhowa and several
top leaders of the outfit favoured a negotiated settlement,
Barua is yet to respond to the peace process.