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Most ULFA men favour talks:Gogoi

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Oct 6 � Asserting that more and more ULFA men were favouring a negotiated settlement of the outfit's grievances, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today said that the Government had received feelers from ULFA camps based in Myanmar to that effect.

�Most of the ULFA men are in favour of talks with the Government. While around 80 per cent of the ULFA men based in Bangladesh have left their bases to have a dialogue, similar indications are coming from Myanmar," Gogoi said at a press conference.

Gogoi said that the State Government was ready to extend facilities for those from Myanmar wanting to join the peace process. "Things are taking a little time because of the difficult terrain including inter-State borders, large-scale presence of different insurgent outfits and security forces. However, we are ready to extend the facilities for them to come," he said.

Gogoi reiterated that talks were a distinct proposition even in the absence of ULFA 'c-in-c' Paresh Barua. "If 80 per cent of the outfit's leaders and cadres favour a talk, we will go for a dialogue even without Barua. We would love to have him with us but cannot wait indefinitely if the majority of the outfit joins the peace process,� he said.

The Chief Minister also said that the grounds were being cleared for talks with the Ranjan Daimary faction of the NDFB. �There has been some progress on the front,� he said.

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Most ULFA men favour talks:Gogoi

GUWAHATI, Oct 6 � Asserting that more and more ULFA men were favouring a negotiated settlement of the outfit's grievances, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today said that the Government had received feelers from ULFA camps based in Myanmar to that effect.

�Most of the ULFA men are in favour of talks with the Government. While around 80 per cent of the ULFA men based in Bangladesh have left their bases to have a dialogue, similar indications are coming from Myanmar," Gogoi said at a press conference.

Gogoi said that the State Government was ready to extend facilities for those from Myanmar wanting to join the peace process. "Things are taking a little time because of the difficult terrain including inter-State borders, large-scale presence of different insurgent outfits and security forces. However, we are ready to extend the facilities for them to come," he said.

Gogoi reiterated that talks were a distinct proposition even in the absence of ULFA 'c-in-c' Paresh Barua. "If 80 per cent of the outfit's leaders and cadres favour a talk, we will go for a dialogue even without Barua. We would love to have him with us but cannot wait indefinitely if the majority of the outfit joins the peace process,� he said.

The Chief Minister also said that the grounds were being cleared for talks with the Ranjan Daimary faction of the NDFB. �There has been some progress on the front,� he said.