New Delhi: The Centre on Wednesday welcomed the
unilateral ceasefire announced by ULFA in Assam and said it
was expected to sign an agreement with the banned outfit for
suspension of operations and also for facilitating early
Home Minister P Chidambaram said in a statement that the
Central government has always expressed its willingness to
hold a dialogue with any militant group that abjures violence,
lays down arms and seeks a solution through peaceful
"The Government of India welcomes the announcement made
by the ULFA," he said.
The Home Minister said it was expected that a Suspension
of Operation (SoO) agreement will be signed and ground rules
for observing the agreement will be finalised in the near
"The Government of India in consultation with Government
of Assam will facilitate an early start to the talks," he
ULFA leaders, including its chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa,
had recently met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home
Minister P Chidambaram and expressed their desire to seek a
political solution to their demands.
The pro-talk ULFA faction led Rajkhowa had yesterday
announced a unilateral indefinite ceasefire to ensure a
peaceful atmosphere for political negotiations.