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More NE ultra outfits may join common platform

By R Dutta Choudhury
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GUWAHATI, Oct 16 - The United National Liberation Front of Western South East Asia, a newly formed platform of four militant outfits of the North-east region, is trying to rope in at least nine more outfits of the region into the platform to launch a united struggle against the Government of India.

So far, four outfits of the region � NSCN(K), United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent), Songbijit faction of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) and the Kamatapur Liberation Organization (KLO) � are the constituents of the platform and efforts are on by the leaders of the Front to rope in other ultra groups of the region to increase its strength.

Talking to The Assam Tribune over phone from an undisclosed location, ULFA(I) commander-in-chief Paresh Baruah said that two Meghalaya-based outfits � GNLA and HNLC � have already expressed their desire to join the common platform. He said that the formal process of these outfits joining the new outfit may be completed within this year.

Baruah pointed out that seven militant outfits of Manipur have already formed a common platform called the CORCOM and they are likely to join the new front. Six outfits of Manipur are ready to join the Front immediately. �But we want the entire CORCOM to join us. They have some problem with one of the constituents and we are hoping that they can settle their problems soon so that the entire CORCOM can join us. We are expecting that the seven outfits of Manipur will be joining hands with us within this year,� he added. He also said that one outfit from Tripura would also be joining the front soon.

Baruah admitted that SS Khaplang, the NSCN(K) chief and chairman of the new front, is under pressure from different circles to resume the peace process with the Government of India. However, he said that Khaplang has not taken any decision to resume the peace talks with the Government of India. He also said that Khaplang would not come for talks with the Government in the near future.

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More NE ultra outfits may join common platform

GUWAHATI, Oct 16 - The United National Liberation Front of Western South East Asia, a newly formed platform of four militant outfits of the North-east region, is trying to rope in at least nine more outfits of the region into the platform to launch a united struggle against the Government of India.

So far, four outfits of the region � NSCN(K), United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent), Songbijit faction of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) and the Kamatapur Liberation Organization (KLO) � are the constituents of the platform and efforts are on by the leaders of the Front to rope in other ultra groups of the region to increase its strength.

Talking to The Assam Tribune over phone from an undisclosed location, ULFA(I) commander-in-chief Paresh Baruah said that two Meghalaya-based outfits � GNLA and HNLC � have already expressed their desire to join the common platform. He said that the formal process of these outfits joining the new outfit may be completed within this year.

Baruah pointed out that seven militant outfits of Manipur have already formed a common platform called the CORCOM and they are likely to join the new front. Six outfits of Manipur are ready to join the Front immediately. �But we want the entire CORCOM to join us. They have some problem with one of the constituents and we are hoping that they can settle their problems soon so that the entire CORCOM can join us. We are expecting that the seven outfits of Manipur will be joining hands with us within this year,� he added. He also said that one outfit from Tripura would also be joining the front soon.

Baruah admitted that SS Khaplang, the NSCN(K) chief and chairman of the new front, is under pressure from different circles to resume the peace process with the Government of India. However, he said that Khaplang has not taken any decision to resume the peace talks with the Government of India. He also said that Khaplang would not come for talks with the Government in the near future.

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