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Centre to resume talks with ULFA by Oct-end

By R Dutta Choudhury

GUWAHATI, Oct 13 � The Government of India is planning to resume the process of talks with the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) by the end of this month. The Government is also hoping to sign peace pacts with at least three militant groups of Assam by November this year. However, no decision has yet been taken on starting the process of talks with the Ranjan Daimary faction of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB).

Talking to The Assam Tribune, joint secretary (North East) of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Sambhu Singh said that the Union Home Secretary is likely to hold talks with the leaders of the ULFA on October 25 to review the situation after the signing of the cease-fire pact. He said that the meeting would review whether all the cadres of the outfits are staying in the camps and whether the weapons in possession of the outfit are kept in double lock system under the provisions of the cease-fire pact.

Singh said that the ULFA leaders are expected to submit the list of its cadres shortly and the scheduled meeting would also discuss as to how the talks should progress. After the meeting, the Centre's interlocutor PC Haldar would take over and talks on the demands of the ULFA would start, he added.

The MHA official said that as per information available with the Government of India, leader of the anti-talk faction of the ULFA, Paresh Baruah is still in Myanmar and the Government is yet to receive any positive signal from the outfit on the issue of talks.

Singh said that the Government of India is planning to sign peace pacts with at least three militant outfits of the State by November. He said that the process of talks with the United People's Democratic Solidarity (UPDS) is complete and only the date for signing of the accord is to be decided. He pointed out that the Government was trying to make the KLNLF to sign the same pact which delayed the process of signing of the pact with the UPDS. But the KLNLF could not make up its mind and the Government would not go ahead with the signing of the accord with UPDS, he added. He also said that talks with both factions of the DHD are in final stage and accords with the outfits are likely to be signed soon.

On the progress of talks with the NDFB (Progressive), Singh said that the outfit is still sticking to its demand for creation of a separate state and the Centre has already made it clear that there is no possibility of division of Assam.

Though the Ranjan Daimary faction of the NDFB has announced a unilateral cease-fire, the Government of India is keeping a close watch on the situation. Singh pointed out that according to reports, some members of the outfit are still indulging in unlawful activities like extortions, while, the outfit is yet to make it known whether it would be ready to talk under the framework of the Constitution of India.

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Centre to resume talks with ULFA by Oct-end

GUWAHATI, Oct 13 � The Government of India is planning to resume the process of talks with the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) by the end of this month. The Government is also hoping to sign peace pacts with at least three militant groups of Assam by November this year. However, no decision has yet been taken on starting the process of talks with the Ranjan Daimary faction of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB).

Talking to The Assam Tribune, joint secretary (North East) of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Sambhu Singh said that the Union Home Secretary is likely to hold talks with the leaders of the ULFA on October 25 to review the situation after the signing of the cease-fire pact. He said that the meeting would review whether all the cadres of the outfits are staying in the camps and whether the weapons in possession of the outfit are kept in double lock system under the provisions of the cease-fire pact.

Singh said that the ULFA leaders are expected to submit the list of its cadres shortly and the scheduled meeting would also discuss as to how the talks should progress. After the meeting, the Centre's interlocutor PC Haldar would take over and talks on the demands of the ULFA would start, he added.

The MHA official said that as per information available with the Government of India, leader of the anti-talk faction of the ULFA, Paresh Baruah is still in Myanmar and the Government is yet to receive any positive signal from the outfit on the issue of talks.

Singh said that the Government of India is planning to sign peace pacts with at least three militant outfits of the State by November. He said that the process of talks with the United People's Democratic Solidarity (UPDS) is complete and only the date for signing of the accord is to be decided. He pointed out that the Government was trying to make the KLNLF to sign the same pact which delayed the process of signing of the pact with the UPDS. But the KLNLF could not make up its mind and the Government would not go ahead with the signing of the accord with UPDS, he added. He also said that talks with both factions of the DHD are in final stage and accords with the outfits are likely to be signed soon.

On the progress of talks with the NDFB (Progressive), Singh said that the outfit is still sticking to its demand for creation of a separate state and the Centre has already made it clear that there is no possibility of division of Assam.

Though the Ranjan Daimary faction of the NDFB has announced a unilateral cease-fire, the Government of India is keeping a close watch on the situation. Singh pointed out that according to reports, some members of the outfit are still indulging in unlawful activities like extortions, while, the outfit is yet to make it known whether it would be ready to talk under the framework of the Constitution of India.

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