ULFA to hold talks with government

The ULFA said its leader Anup Chetia should be brought back to India from Bangladesh so that he can participate in the talks with the govt.

Updated: Aug 04, 2011, 22:33 PM IST

New Delhi: The ULFA on Thursday said its leader
Anup Chetia should be brought back to India from Bangladesh so
that he can participate in the talks with the government and
expressed optimism about the dialogue process.

"We are positive and hopeful about the talks. Tomorrow we
will meet the Home Minister and present our charter of
demands," `chairman` Arabinda Rajkhowa said on his arrival
here from Guwahati.

An eight-member pro-talk ULFA team, led by Rajkhowa, will
hold talks with Union home ministry officials for arriving at
a political solution to the vexed insurgency issue.

"Anup Chetia should be brought back to India so that he
can take part in the talks," he said.

Chetia is expected to be deported from Bangladesh as a
major confidence-building measure ahead of Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh`s visit to Dhaka early next month.

"I don`t think there is any obstacle in handing him
(Chetia) over to India ... but definitely, there are
procedures in extraditing someone who is in jail," Bangladesh
Home Minister Sahara Khatun had yesterday said.

On elusive `commander-in-chief` Paresh Baruah staying
away from the talks, Rajkhowa said, "So far Paresh Baruah has
not opposed the peace process and we hope that he will come
and participate in the talks."

Before leaving for Delhi, Rajkhowa told reporters at the
Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International airport here, "We
have prepared a charter of demands, which we have finalised in
our recent meeting in Nalbari. The charter does not include
the call for sovereignty."

PTI