ULFA chief reiterates sovereignty demand for talks

Last Updated: Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 18:41

Guwahati: Notwithstanding the snub from
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi that there could be no talks
on sovereignty as sought by ULFA, its `commander-in-chief`
Paresh Barua on Thursday once again voiced the demand.

"ULFA will sit for talks only if sovereignty is included
for negotiations. There is no point for the organisation to
put forth any further proposal, Barua said in a statement
e-mailed to the media here.

"Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has violated the rights of
the indigenous Assamese by stating that there can be no talks
on the issue of sovereignty," he said.

Barua urged people to put pressure on the government to
hold a referendum on the issue of sovereignty.

Asserting that there could be no talks on sovereignty,
Gogoi had asserted on Wednesday, "Our stand is very clear. The
people of Assam want to stay with India and the state is an
integral part of the country. The question of discussion on
sovereignty does not arise."

PTI



First Published: Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 18:41
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