ULFA rules out talks without sovereignty
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Last Updated: Monday, May 10, 2010, 20:35
Guwahati: Two top ULFA leaders today asserted that the banned group will not budge from its stance on sovereignty while opting for talks with the government, saying it was not "chasing a dream aimlessly".

In an e-mail to the media, elusive ULFA 'commander- in-chief' Paresh Barua said, "ULFA and sovereignty are two sides of the same coin and there can be no negotiation on this issue."

He said the group would not sit for talks "just for the sake of peace but we want a permanent solution of Assam's problems. We are not chasing a dream aimlessly."

Earlier in the day, ULFA advisor Bhimakanta Buragohain too asserted that the group would not compromise on the issue of sovereignty and ruled out any immediate talks.

"The possibility of talks in the present scenario appears to be remote as all prominent leaders of the group are either in jail or outside the country...And it were to give up this demand (sovereignty), we would have come for talks much earlier," he said.

The central executive committee members of the group had to meet together and decide on the issue of talks but "being either in jail or outside the country, this was not possible at present," he said.

Almost all of ULFA's top brass are in jail -- 'chairman' Arabinda Rajkhowa, 'deputy commander-in-chief' Raju Baruah, 'foreign secretary' Sasha Choudhury, 'finance secretary' Chitrabon Hazarika, 'cultural secretary' Pranati Deka and Buragohain. 'Vice chairman' Pradip Gogoi and 'publicity chief' Mithinga Daimary are out on bail.


First Published: Monday, May 10, 2010, 20:35

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