GUWAHATI, July 13 � Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today acknowledged the ceasefire announcement made by ULFA chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa and appreciated the move to maintain peace and harmony in Assam.
Meanwhile, in a release here, Paresh Baruah said that they would not abide by the ceasefire announcement by Rajkhowa.
He said that as per constitution of the ULFA, no member can take decisions on behalf of the outfit from the grasp of enemies.
He pointed out that though Rajkhowa has come out on bail, the Government still has control over him and he is not authorized to take any decision on behalf of the ULFA.
In an official press release, Gogoi mentioned that the State government would take all steps to carry forward the peace process.
The Chief Minister further stated that the State Government has also invited the Paresh Baruah faction of the ULFA to take part in peace negotiations, but will not be kept waiting indefinitely.
Peace talks with the faction are possible provided it renounces the path of violence, he said.
Gogoi went on to say that the State Government would welcome any organisation that relinquishes arms and comes forward to negotiate peace in a conducive atmosphere. The government has also appealed to the anti-talk faction of the NDFB to be involved in peace parleys.
He added that the government has already taken part in negotiations with NDFB (Progressive), Adivashi Cobra (ACMA), Birsa Commando Force (BCF) to establish lasting peace in the State.