Assam Govt Keen to Initiate Peace Talks with ULFA (I)
GUWAHATI: Assam Finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on January 28 in a press meet appealed to the anti-talk faction of ULFA, led by Paresh Baruah to come to the negotiating table and resolve the demands post the success of Bodo Accord 2020.
“The Central government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has resolved the demands of the Bodos through the Bodo Peace Accord on Monday. And I have been told that if the ULFA faction shows interest in peace talks, it w
ould be reciprocated by the Centre,” said Sharma.
He said that it is for the first time that the Central government has managed to bring together all the stakeholders of Bodo society.
Appealing to the militant outfits in Manipur to come forward for the talks, Sharma said, “The other states of the northeast India like Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland have become peaceful. If the militant outfits in Manipur and Assam come forward for talks, it will help establishing lasting peace in the region."
Sharma further said that the Assam government has invited the Prime Minister and Union Home Minister to Kokrajhar on February 7 to celebrate the signing of Bodo Accord 2020.
(R) Paresh Baruah; (L) Himanta Biswa Sarma