Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun
Gogoi has received a formal letter from ULFA chairman Arabinda
Rajkhowa expressing his outfit’s willingness to hold peace
talks with the government.
Stating that the outfit`s central executive council
would be meeting soon, the chief minister said, "I have
received a letter from Rajkhowa about ULFA`s willingness to
sit for the talks.
"The talks process is moving in the right direction. I
can`t say exactly on which date the talks will be held as it
will be decided only after the ULFA executive council meets
and decides. When the talks will be held is now up to them,"
Gogoi said last evening on the sidelines of a meeting here.
"The decisions taken at the meeting will be
communicated to the government for the beginning of the peace
talks," he said.
Earlier, discussions were held a number of times
between central government appointed interlocutor P C Haldhar
and ULFA leaders when they were in jail prior to their release
on bail this month.
The state government had not opposed to the bail
petitions of frontline ULFA leaders to pave the way for the
According to Hiren Gogoi, Convenor of the National
Convention of Intellectuals here which is initiating the peace
process, all ULFA leaders and cadres including its elusive
`commander-in-chief` Paresh Baruah were bound by the decision
of the central executive council on talks.