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Formal talks with ULFA soon: Gogoi

By The Assam Tribune
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GUWAHATI, July 22 (PTI): The much awaited formal peace talks with ULFA will be held soon with the Centre asking the Assam government to work out modalities to facilitate the parleys, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said today.

"The Centre has given us the green signal to go ahead on how the talks should proceed. The talks will be held soon but I cannot give a date now," Gogoi told reporters here.

"The talks will be held between ULFA and the central government with our full knowledge. Our opinion will be taken on their (ULFA) charter of demands... On how much we can accept," he said.

To a query on the discussions being held in Delhi, Gogoi said, "the talks can take place anywhere."

So far only preliminary rounds of talks between the ULFA and the Centre''s interlocutor P C Haldar have been held here. "But now direct talks will start. They will be held at different levels."

ULFA ''chairman'' Arabinda Rajkhowa led an eight-member team during introductory talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Home Minister P Chidambaram in February.

On elusive ''commander-in-chief'' Paresh Baruah joining the peace talks, Gogoi said, "I again appeal to him to abjure violence and come for talks."

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Formal talks with ULFA soon: Gogoi

GUWAHATI, July 22 (PTI): The much awaited formal peace talks with ULFA will be held soon with the Centre asking the Assam government to work out modalities to facilitate the parleys, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said today.

"The Centre has given us the green signal to go ahead on how the talks should proceed. The talks will be held soon but I cannot give a date now," Gogoi told reporters here.

"The talks will be held between ULFA and the central government with our full knowledge. Our opinion will be taken on their (ULFA) charter of demands... On how much we can accept," he said.

To a query on the discussions being held in Delhi, Gogoi said, "the talks can take place anywhere."

So far only preliminary rounds of talks between the ULFA and the Centre''s interlocutor P C Haldar have been held here. "But now direct talks will start. They will be held at different levels."

ULFA ''chairman'' Arabinda Rajkhowa led an eight-member team during introductory talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Home Minister P Chidambaram in February.

On elusive ''commander-in-chief'' Paresh Baruah joining the peace talks, Gogoi said, "I again appeal to him to abjure violence and come for talks."

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