Talks with Centre positive: Rajkhowa

ULFA `chairman` Arabinda Rajkhowa on Tuesday said that the first round of talks with the Centre was "very positive" and it was "quite satisfied" with the response of the government.

Last Updated: Feb 15, 2011, 18:32 PM IST

Guwahati: ULFA `chairman` Arabinda
Rajkhowa on Tuesday said that the first round of talks with the
Centre was "very positive" and it was "quite satisfied" with
the response of the government.

"We had met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last evening
at his residence in Delhi and we are happy with his approach
towards resolving Assam`s problems," Rajkhowa told reporters
here after his arrival from the national capital.

"The prime minister has assured us of an honourable
and acceptable solution to the problems of Assam and our talks
with him were very cordial," he said.

"The prime minister also appreciated our initiative to
come forward for peace talks and our resolve to solve the
problem through dialogue," he said.

The ULFA was considering to come forward for talks
after receiving the prime minister`s letter dated May 25, 2005
where he had wrote about holding talks on all issues, Rajkhowa
pointed out.

The ULFA leadership had also met Union Home Minister
P Chidambaram on February 10 prior to their detailed talks
with Union Home Secretary G K Pillai and both the
consultations were "very positive".

Besides Rajkhowa, the other leaders of the group who
attended the meetings in New Delhi were `vice chairman`
Pradip Gogoi, `political advisor` Bhimakanta Buragohain,
`foreign secretary` Sasha Choudhury, `finance secretary`
Chitrabon Hazarika, `cultural secretary` Pranati Deka,
`publicity secretary` Mithinga Daimary and `deputy
commander-in-chief` Raju Barua.

PTI