Gogoi agrees on peace talks with NDFB



Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Saturday agreed to Bodo National Conference(BNC) request to allow it to bring NDFB anti-talk Daimary faction to the negotiation table and assured to extend cooperation in this connection.

"We have asked the Daimary group to participate in the peace talks with the government and we have received some indication from them that they are in favour of parleys," Gogoi said at a meeting with BNC president and Bodoland Territorial Council(BTC) chief Hagrama Mohilary, official sources said.

Mohilary heading a delegation met Gogoi here today and also urged him to hold talks with both factions of National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) and take measures for initiating political talks with pro-talk ceasefire group of Gobinda Basumatary, the sources said.

The chief minister expressed happiness over BNC's initiative for talks with both factions of NDFB and said political talks will start with the pro-talk faction and the steps taken in this connection will be examined by the government.

"As the Conference and social organisations have taken the initiative for the parleys, the talks process will commence successfully ... All possible steps for talks will be taken by the government," Gogoi said.

The chief minister said ULFA 'c-in-c' Paresh Baruah had also been invited for peace talks and that the doors are 'open from our side'.

Both the state and central governments want to hold talks with all insurgent outfits to solve their problems, he said at the meeting, which was also attended by principal secretary T Y Das, home commissioner Jishnu Barua and Additional Director General of Police Khagen Sarma.

PTI