“Expedite Peace Talks”: ULFA Pro-Talk faction seeks Assam CM’s intervention
Guwahati: The pro-talks faction of ULFA expressed its displeasure over the delay in the peace talks between them and the Centre and sought the state chief minister’s intervention in the matter.
The peace talks between the ULFA pro talk faction and the government has been on a halt for almost two years now.
On Wednesday, pro-talk ULFA General Secretary Anup Chetia said that they are waiting with the hope that their issues will be addressed and resolved by the government as soon as possible.
Earlier, the pro-talks faction questioning the Centre’s “sincerity” in taking forward the decade-long peace parleys with it, claimed that no dialogue has been held in the last two years and there was no government interlocutor at present to take the process forward.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday informed that he had requested the Centre to complete the ongoing peace parleys with the pro-talks faction of ULFA before beginning dialogue with Paresh Barua-led ULFA (Independent).
During a press conference in Duliajan, CM Sarma said, “The Assam government is not dealing with the pro-talks faction of ULFA. The Centre is directly in touch with them. But I have put an informal request with the Union government to complete parleys with the pro-talk faction before beginning dialogue with ULFA (I). If there are too many factions of the same outfit in talks, like in Nagaland, it becomes too complex.”
Chetia, meanwhile, said that ULFA (Independent) supremo Paresh Baruah joining the peace talks would be the latter’s personal choice. However, Assam Chief Minister’s approach towards dealing with the issue will give a new impetus to the peace talks, stated Anup Chetia.
It may be mentioned that on Wednesday, pro-talk ULFA leaders namely Anup Chetia, Arabindo Rajkhowa, Raju Baruah, Sasadhar Choudhury among others appeared before a special TADA court here in Guwahati for a court proceeding.