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Final solution to ULFA demands soon: Rijiju

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GUWAHATI, June 10 - Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju today said most of the demands of the pro-talk faction of the ULFA are �worth considering� and a final solution is expected �very soon�.

�The peace talk with the Arabinda Rajkhowa faction of the ULFA is going on very well and with confidence. We genuinely feel that maximum demands by the pro-talk Arabinda Rajkhowa faction are worth considering,� the minister told reporters here.

He, however, declined to comment on details, but said �I can only say that we are giving a serious consideration to their demands for a final solution very soon.� Asked about when the solution can be expected, he said, �we cannot give any time line.

Asked specifically whether the ULFA�s prime demand for sovereignty of Assam is negotiated during the talks, Rijiju said, �there is no question of sovereignty at all. If sovereignty, there cannot be any talk. The talk is within the framework of the Indian Constitution... I am not even mandated to speak anything which is beyond the Indian Constitution.�

Meanwhile, a day after the death of NSCN(K) chairman SS Khaplang, Rijiju said that the Centre is ready to rehabilitate all Indian citizens in the Naga rebel group if they abjure violence.

�We appeal that all the Indian Nagas in NSCN(K) should surrender and return to the mainstream. We will rehabilitate them. Anybody who gives up violence, we will rehabilitate them. We are giving rehabilitation package from the Indian Government.

�Anybody who abjures violence and respects Indian Constitution is welcome,� the minister said. The rebels should take advantage of the rehabilitation package and return, he said, adding, India cannot talk about Myanmarese citizens, who are part of NSCN(K).

The minister said Khaplang was �the heart and soul� of NSCN(K) and without him, the organisation will be in a disarray. Without any leadership, the organisation will face difficulties, he said, adding, �they (rebels) should come back for the sake of the society.�

Rijiju said Khaplang was a Myanmar citizen and he had strong influence in that country. � PTI

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Final solution to ULFA demands soon: Rijiju

GUWAHATI, June 10 - Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju today said most of the demands of the pro-talk faction of the ULFA are �worth considering� and a final solution is expected �very soon�.

�The peace talk with the Arabinda Rajkhowa faction of the ULFA is going on very well and with confidence. We genuinely feel that maximum demands by the pro-talk Arabinda Rajkhowa faction are worth considering,� the minister told reporters here.

He, however, declined to comment on details, but said �I can only say that we are giving a serious consideration to their demands for a final solution very soon.� Asked about when the solution can be expected, he said, �we cannot give any time line.

Asked specifically whether the ULFA�s prime demand for sovereignty of Assam is negotiated during the talks, Rijiju said, �there is no question of sovereignty at all. If sovereignty, there cannot be any talk. The talk is within the framework of the Indian Constitution... I am not even mandated to speak anything which is beyond the Indian Constitution.�

Meanwhile, a day after the death of NSCN(K) chairman SS Khaplang, Rijiju said that the Centre is ready to rehabilitate all Indian citizens in the Naga rebel group if they abjure violence.

�We appeal that all the Indian Nagas in NSCN(K) should surrender and return to the mainstream. We will rehabilitate them. Anybody who gives up violence, we will rehabilitate them. We are giving rehabilitation package from the Indian Government.

�Anybody who abjures violence and respects Indian Constitution is welcome,� the minister said. The rebels should take advantage of the rehabilitation package and return, he said, adding, India cannot talk about Myanmarese citizens, who are part of NSCN(K).

The minister said Khaplang was �the heart and soul� of NSCN(K) and without him, the organisation will be in a disarray. Without any leadership, the organisation will face difficulties, he said, adding, �they (rebels) should come back for the sake of the society.�

Rijiju said Khaplang was a Myanmar citizen and he had strong influence in that country. � PTI