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Baruah’s group announces conditional support for talks
Published on 14 Mar. 2011 12:52 AM IST
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In a startling press release made available to the media, the hardliner Paresh Baruah fraction of ULFA declared not to be a part of the lateral talks, terming it as a “conspiracy by the Government of India,” and put forward a five point agenda if such talks needed to be successful.
The hardliner section of ULFA called the current initiation of peace process as a “Rat Trap” and declared that they would not budge from the demand of sovereignty as per the Article 1 of Protocol I 1977, which it said defined Assam’s national liberation struggle within the definition of international armed conflict.
Criticizing Indian government for its dictatorial policy to its neighbors (Nepal, Bhutan, etc), holding on to earlier engulfed peripheral territories like North-East states or Indian-occupied Kashmir and for committing all-round exploitation of Assam (economic, social, legal and intellectual harassment), the ULFA stated that talks will not be fruitful if the wrong doings on part of both the parties is not probed thoroughly before attempting to formulate an amicable solution.
For the talks with ULFA to be successful, the group put forward the following five point agenda:
To consider ULFA armed revolution as a democratic-aspiration movement of natives of the land, keeping in mind the inception of their movement in context of time and situation; grant Assam a special status under the Constitution of India by an amendment under Part XXI that deals with Temporary, Transitional and Special Provisions, enabling Assam to draft a public acceptable constitution/legal document of its own; endow the state government with the right of self-governance and adjudication over any matter relating to socio-political-judicial issues that concern the interests of entire group or community domiciling in Assam; that there should be an official national anthem for Assam “as the Indian federation will not be in a position to change its own national anthem, which grossly discriminates Assam by excluding from the most-audible federal representation”; a detailed investigation relating to the crimes committed and attributed to both “federal authority” of India and ULFA, be it the Kakopathar massacre of 2006 or 26 January or the 2004 blast in Dhemaji, through International Humanitarian Fact Finding Commission or any credible international organization in a position to deal over issues of international and non-international armed conflicts. And an ad-hoc committee be created for the purpose whereby there would be required number of adjudicators from impartial countries and equal number of adjudicators on behalf of the belligerent parties.
Calling itself a single family, the ULFA group also declared that it has the capability to rise up from its current status under guidance of its “C-in-C” Paresh Baruah.

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