Lakhimpur (Assam): The ULFA on Friday hinted
that it might soften its stand on the sovereignty issue, a
demand which the group had set as a precondition for talks
with the government.
"Sovereignty is a vital demand of the ULFA. The
government should show an interest in this demand," the banned
group`s `vice chairman` Pradip Gogoi said here.
In a somewhat softening stand, he, however, said
"Discussion on sovereignty does not mean it has to be
Gogoi, who is on bail, told agency that the people of
Assam are hoping that the government will create a favourable
atmosphere for peace talks and are concerned about the ongoing
operations by army and paramilitary forces.
Gogoi hoped that the state-level convention of
Committee of Intellectuals, formed to facilitate talks between
the Centre and ULFA, scheduled to be held here tomorrow would
come out with valuable suggestions to take forward the peace
He also hoped that the convention would create a
favourable atmosphere so that ULFA central committee leaders
could meet either outside or inside the jail, where they are
He urged the committee to take a resolution on ULFA
leaders missing since `Operation All Clear` by Royal Bhutan
Army in 2003 and hoped the government would give details about