India saw a significant progress in bringing peace to Assam, which has been hit by 30 years of insurgency. Indian government held series of discussions with the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA). The result was positive with Ulfa chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa offering indefinite ceasefire to pave the way for a permanent solution to the decades old problem.
However, ULFA`s elusive commander-in-chief Paresh Baruah and his band of followers, probably hiding somewhere along the Myanmar-China border, are still opposed to the peace talks.
In yet another development Myanmar Army in December detained Jibon Moran, second-in-command of the hardline faction of the ULFA headed by Barua.