Talks with ULFA `very constructive`: Centre

Centre termed the ongoing peace talks with the banned ULFA as constructive and gave hints that it would not press for surrender of arms by the groups.

Last Updated: Oct 31, 2011, 19:55 PM IST

New Delhi: The Centre on Monday termed the
ongoing peace talks with the banned ULFA as "very
constructive" and gave hints that it would not press for
surrender of arms by the groups.

Making it clear that the venue of the dialogue would
continue to be New Delhi, Union Home Secretary R K Singh said
they had a "very constructive" discussion with the ULFA
leadership on their demands on October 25 here.

"We went over various demands which they have put
forward. There are certain demands which need their
clarifications. We have requested our interlocutors, the Assam
government and the ULFA to sit down again and sort out the
issues. But the talks are going well, they are very
constructive," he told reporters here.

At the same press conference, Home Minister
P Chidambaram said it was too early to say where the dialogue
process would go and where it would lead to.

Asked whether ULFA has been asked to deposit their arms
and ammunition, Chidambaram said "the general practice has
been for any talks, it has to lead to a political settlement,
there has to be a Suspension of Operations, they (the
militants) have to deposit their weapons under certain
conditions which differ from groups to groups".
"So, these are the general principles that we follow. As
you heard the Home Secretary said, the first round has been
constructive. So, I think we should allow the talks to
progress. We should not begin to analyse the talks outside the
rooms where the talks take place. We can`t have a parallel
analysis going on even when the talks are taking place," he
said.
PTI