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Gogoi hopeful of UPDS peace pact

By Spl correspondent

NEW DELHI, Oct 24 � Notwithstanding Chief Minister, Tarun Gogoi optimism over the possibility of the Government sealing a deal with UPDS soon, the deadlock continues with the Karbi militant outfit on Monday sticking to their demand on setting up a neutral autonomous council ahead of the polls.

The Chief Minister, who had a talk with the Home Minister, P Chidambaram told newsmen that he expects an accord by November or by first week of December. �They have had one round of meeting with me, as well,� he disclosed.

The Chef Minister, however, appeared non-committal, when asked about the demand for dismissal of the Karbi Anglong District Autonomous Council (KAADAC). �I have to consult the autonomous district council, as the body is constituted under the Sixth schedule of the Constitution,� he said.

�We want to consult the district council,� he reiterated.

Gogoi�s woe is the stiff opposition put up by the local district Congress Committee, which is opposing the UPDS�s demand for a neutral council during the interim period.

The Chief Minister, when asked about the possibility of the Government sealing a pact with KNLF, said that the State Government has no objection to the Centre bringing in the Karbi militant outfit to the peace process.

The differences with the KNLF are not major one. The matter is stuck over some minor issues and can be resolved, he added.

�Besides, when one group has agreed to come to an understanding, why not the other,� he wondered, referring to the negotiations with the rival UPDS.

Given that the negotiations were in advance stage, an apprehensive Home Minister called Gogoi to work out a way to resolve the impasse, said sources.

Meanwhile, a five-member delegation of UPDS led by its general secretary Haren Singh Bey called on joint Secretary (North-east), Shambhu Singh. However, they described the discussions as informal.

Later talking to newsmen, Bey said they stick by the understanding arrived at the meeting with the Union Home Minister on August 23, when they were assured that after signing of the Accord, a neutral council would be set up for the interim period.

�We want the Accord to be signed on the basis of the frozen document,� he stressed.

�If the Centre is willing to have the accord on the basis of the frozen document, then we are ready to sign the accord anytime, anywhere,� he said.

Alleging that the delay was purely because of the State Government, the general secretary said that Dispur was dragging its feet on the issue. The Government of Assam has taken a long time in taking decision, he added.

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Gogoi hopeful of UPDS peace pact

NEW DELHI, Oct 24 � Notwithstanding Chief Minister, Tarun Gogoi optimism over the possibility of the Government sealing a deal with UPDS soon, the deadlock continues with the Karbi militant outfit on Monday sticking to their demand on setting up a neutral autonomous council ahead of the polls.

The Chief Minister, who had a talk with the Home Minister, P Chidambaram told newsmen that he expects an accord by November or by first week of December. �They have had one round of meeting with me, as well,� he disclosed.

The Chef Minister, however, appeared non-committal, when asked about the demand for dismissal of the Karbi Anglong District Autonomous Council (KAADAC). �I have to consult the autonomous district council, as the body is constituted under the Sixth schedule of the Constitution,� he said.

�We want to consult the district council,� he reiterated.

Gogoi�s woe is the stiff opposition put up by the local district Congress Committee, which is opposing the UPDS�s demand for a neutral council during the interim period.

The Chief Minister, when asked about the possibility of the Government sealing a pact with KNLF, said that the State Government has no objection to the Centre bringing in the Karbi militant outfit to the peace process.

The differences with the KNLF are not major one. The matter is stuck over some minor issues and can be resolved, he added.

�Besides, when one group has agreed to come to an understanding, why not the other,� he wondered, referring to the negotiations with the rival UPDS.

Given that the negotiations were in advance stage, an apprehensive Home Minister called Gogoi to work out a way to resolve the impasse, said sources.

Meanwhile, a five-member delegation of UPDS led by its general secretary Haren Singh Bey called on joint Secretary (North-east), Shambhu Singh. However, they described the discussions as informal.

Later talking to newsmen, Bey said they stick by the understanding arrived at the meeting with the Union Home Minister on August 23, when they were assured that after signing of the Accord, a neutral council would be set up for the interim period.

�We want the Accord to be signed on the basis of the frozen document,� he stressed.

�If the Centre is willing to have the accord on the basis of the frozen document, then we are ready to sign the accord anytime, anywhere,� he said.

Alleging that the delay was purely because of the State Government, the general secretary said that Dispur was dragging its feet on the issue. The Government of Assam has taken a long time in taking decision, he added.