Sovereignty will not be a barrier for talks: ULFA leader
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Last Updated: Friday, April 23, 2010, 20:08
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 granted."

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 process.

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 currently lodged.

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 them.


First Published: Friday, April 23, 2010, 20:08

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