New Delhi: Singing a new tune, the banned
ULFA on Friday said violence was against its ideology and all
these years it indulged in violent acts as "there was a
threat" to the state and its people.
Interacting with a group of Assamese students studying
in the national capital, ULFA `chairman` Arabinda Rajkhowa
said the existing political setup poses a threat to Assam and
its people that led to the formation of the group and its 31
years of insurgency movement.
"Even though we indulged in violence, we are for
peace. Violence is against our ideology", he said while
briefing the students about ULFA and its movement.
Perhaps, this is for the first time the top ULFA
leader declared that the group was against violence though he
has been apologising for the violent acts it had committed.
Since its inception in 1979, ULFA has been continuing a bloody
insurgent movement in the northeast which has claimed several
Referring to the peace process which began on Thursday
formally, Rajkhowa said dialogue with the government could not
be held in the past as there was no conducive atmosphere and
both ULFA and the government was stuck with pre-conditions.
"Following a call by Assam`s civil society, we have
agreed for the unconditional talks. We are now looking for
sincere and meaningful talks to find out a just and honourable
solution," he said.
Welcoming the peace initiative, he said government`s
"behaviour and attitude are positive".
Rajkhowa also sought to remind the May 25, 2005
announcement made by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh when he had
said that the government was ready to discuss "all core
issues" of ULFA.
"We hope that the government of India will keep its
promise," he said.
He refused to speculate when the solution could be
found to ULFA`s demands, saying it was just beginning of the