Govt to hold dialogue with ULFA on April 9
New Delhi: After a gap of six months, the
government will hold dialogue with ULFA on April 9 as part of
its efforts to bring a lasting solution to the decades-old
insurgency problem in Assam.
Union Home Secretary R K Singh and other senior Home
Ministry officials will hold peace talks with ULFA led by its
`chairman` Arabinda Rajkhowa and try to iron out differences
on key demands of the banned outfit.
Top ULFA leaders will discuss with the government
delegation various aspects of its "charter of demands" which,
among others, seeks amendment in the Constitution for finding
"meaningful" ways to protect the rights and identity of the
indigenous people of Assam.
Observance of ground rules, signed by both sides,
surrender of arms and ammunition and total halt of operations
by security forces against the pro-talk faction are other key
issues which are expected to be discussed, official sources
The dialogue with ULFA will be held after nearly six
months. The last such meeting was held here on October 25.
Members of the rebel group -- numbering around 600 -- are
now in special camps, called as `Nabanirman Kendras`.
ULFA `commander-in-chief` Paresh Baruah has steadfastly
opposed any peace talk with the government and vowed to
continue his fight for a "sovereign" Assam.
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