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Govt for ULFA talks
Correspondent SHILLONG, JUN 4:
Published on 5 Jun. 2010 12:27 AM IST
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The Centre is working out modalities to initiate peace talks with the banned ULFA, while peace parleys with the anti-talk faction of the outlawed National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) is a far cry.
“Talks have been initiated, consultations are on and in the coming weeks we will work out the modalities for talks with them (ULFA),” Home Secretary GK Pillai said adding, that New Delhi now was waiting for a response from ULFA. The banned ULFA general council had already met in the Guwahati Central Jail to discuss the issue of opening talks with the government. “I understand the ULFA’s governing council has met inside the jail,” Pillai told journalists. He did not say when the meeting took place. The home secretary is on a three-day visit to the Meghalaya capital to review the security situation in the northeast besides issues relating to border disputes between regional states.
“The Assam Chief Minister is taking the talks forward and we have left it completely to his discretion to process the talks forward and the centre is backing the Assam initiative,” Pillai said.
The only top ULFA leader who remains elusive is self-styled commander-in-chief Paresh Baruah.
“I appeal to all ULFA leaders still outside to listen to the voices of the people of Assam and come and join the peace process. Violence cannot resolve any issues,” Pillai said.
On the NDFB however, Pillai, said that at the moment there can be no discussions with the anti-talk faction of the NDFB, but talks discussions would beheld those who want work under the ambit of the Indian Constitution.
“Ranjan Daimary is facing charges of terrorism and the rule of the law would prevail and therefore there can be no dialogue with the Ranjan Daimary group,” the Union Home Secretary said.
Daimary was handed over by Bangladesh to Indian authorities May 1 and is now in the custody of Assam Police.
Meanwhile, the Assam chief minister Friday said channels of communication between the ULFA and the government had been established.
“We are in touch with them (ULFA leaders) and things are progressing well,” he said.

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