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Assam CM says factionalism affecting peace talks with militant groups


January 2, 2012 - Guwahati

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has said that factionalism was affecting the peace process with the various militant groups.

Militant organisations like the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) and the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) have come forward to hold talks with the government but still face opposition from the anti-talks factions within them.

"All of these militant organisations have their own smaller groups. Now the ULFA has one group who are negotiating. Even the Maoists have one such group. All of them smaller groups who are trying to regroup and reform their organizations, we have asked them to come forward for talks or else face the situation as per our terms," Gogoi told the media here.

"Now even the NDFB has one pro-talk faction which has come forward. But they also have a group who are against it," he added.

Gogoi further hoped that peace returns to the troubled state this year.

"I hope that peace returns completely in this new year. May there be progress in all fields be it education, science or sports under our directions. May God bless us in this endeavour of ours," he said.

ANI

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