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Talks between Centre, ULFA to resume soon : Gogoi

June 16, 2011 - New Delhi

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Thursday said the next round of talks between the Central Government and United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) is likely to resume soon.

"The government would like to have ULFA's military chief Paresh Barua in the talks, but would not wait for him indefinitely," he said.

Stating that the banned outfit has given enough indication to resume the dialogue process, Gogoi said the government was waiting for a formal communication from the pro-talks group of the outfit to resume the dialogue process.

Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram last month said that peace talks with ULFA would resume soon.

"Peace talks with ULFA will resume soon to arrive at an honourable solution," Chidambaram told reporters in Agartala on May 17.

The statement from the Home Minister came after ULFA leaders met the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, Union Home Secretary G K Pillai and him in February to mark the start of long-awaited peace talks.

Senior functionaries of ULFA led by its Chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa had entered into unconditional talks with the Central Government to find a solution to issue, which has caused violence in Assam for over two decades.


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