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GUWAHATI, Dec 3 � The Central Government has lined up a series of talks with the militant groups of Assam from tomorrow, but there is very little scope of signing of any agreement within the next few days.

Highly-placed sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) told The Assam Tribune that talks with the National Democratic Front of Boroland (Progressive) and Dima Halam Daogah (Nunisha faction) would be held tomorrow, followed by talks with the DHD(Jewel Garlosa faction) would be held on Monday.

Giving an account of the progress of talks, sources said that the talks with the DHD(J) are in final stage and the Government is planning to offer kind of settlement offered to the United People�s Democratic Solidarity (UPDS). The DHD(J) has already accepted the Government�s offer and the final shape to the agreement is likely to be given in the meeting to be held on Monday. However, there is no possibility of signing of the final agreement with the outfit on Monday.

MHA sources revealed that the talks with the NDFB(P) are deadlocked and efforts would be made to break the same. The militant outfit is sticking to its demand for the creation of a separate state, but the Government of India has already rejected the demand. �Now we have to make efforts to break the deadlock to carry forward the peace process and we hope that the Government would be able to do so in the meeting scheduled for tomorrow,� sources added.

Similarly, the talks with the DHD(N) are also deadlocked and efforts would be made to break the same tomorrow. Sources said that the militant outfit has staked claims over villages located in the districts of Karbi Anglong and Nagaon and the Government has rejected the demand as inclusion of villages outside of Dima Hassao district in the Autonomous Council might lead to complications.

Moreover, the Government is trying to persuade both factions of the DHD to sign the same agreement as the major demands of both the groups are similar in nature and both the outfits represent the same geographical area. But the Government has not succeeded in its efforts so far and fresh efforts would be made in this regard in the talks in the next couple of days.

It may be mentioned here that during the signing of the agreement with the UPDS also, the Government tried to persuade another Karbi Anglong based outfit KLNLF to sign the same agreement. But the KLNLF did not accept the Government�s request and persisted with its demand for creation of a separate state, which forced the Government to go ahead with the signing of an agreement with the UPDS to pave the way for creation of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Territorial Council.

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Centre lines up series of talks beginning today

GUWAHATI, Dec 3 � The Central Government has lined up a series of talks with the militant groups of Assam from tomorrow, but there is very little scope of signing of any agreement within the next few days.

Highly-placed sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) told The Assam Tribune that talks with the National Democratic Front of Boroland (Progressive) and Dima Halam Daogah (Nunisha faction) would be held tomorrow, followed by talks with the DHD(Jewel Garlosa faction) would be held on Monday.

Giving an account of the progress of talks, sources said that the talks with the DHD(J) are in final stage and the Government is planning to offer kind of settlement offered to the United People�s Democratic Solidarity (UPDS). The DHD(J) has already accepted the Government�s offer and the final shape to the agreement is likely to be given in the meeting to be held on Monday. However, there is no possibility of signing of the final agreement with the outfit on Monday.

MHA sources revealed that the talks with the NDFB(P) are deadlocked and efforts would be made to break the same. The militant outfit is sticking to its demand for the creation of a separate state, but the Government of India has already rejected the demand. �Now we have to make efforts to break the deadlock to carry forward the peace process and we hope that the Government would be able to do so in the meeting scheduled for tomorrow,� sources added.

Similarly, the talks with the DHD(N) are also deadlocked and efforts would be made to break the same tomorrow. Sources said that the militant outfit has staked claims over villages located in the districts of Karbi Anglong and Nagaon and the Government has rejected the demand as inclusion of villages outside of Dima Hassao district in the Autonomous Council might lead to complications.

Moreover, the Government is trying to persuade both factions of the DHD to sign the same agreement as the major demands of both the groups are similar in nature and both the outfits represent the same geographical area. But the Government has not succeeded in its efforts so far and fresh efforts would be made in this regard in the talks in the next couple of days.

It may be mentioned here that during the signing of the agreement with the UPDS also, the Government tried to persuade another Karbi Anglong based outfit KLNLF to sign the same agreement. But the KLNLF did not accept the Government�s request and persisted with its demand for creation of a separate state, which forced the Government to go ahead with the signing of an agreement with the UPDS to pave the way for creation of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Territorial Council.

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