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Government formally invites ULFA for talks
October 21, 2005 20:41 IST
"I have received a letter from National Security Advisor M K Narayanan, inviting the group for discussion on October 26 at the Prime Minister's Office in South Block at 4 PM," Goswami, who took the initiative initially, told PTI in New Delhi.
"I look forward for a fruitful and positive discussion with the group in a constructive spirit," Narayanan's letter said.
Goswami said the PCG delegates were expected to arrive from Assam on October 24 for the talks.
A retired engineer, Mukul Mahanta, who is the senior-most member of the group, is likely to be named as the leader of the eleven-member group.
Meanwhile, the banned outfit is understood to be giving its brief to the members on the agenda for the talks.
"The ULFA leadership is giving guidance to the PCG members on the agenda of the proposed talks. They are also in touch with me," Goswami said.
She, however, declined to comment on whether the "sovereignty" issue as demanded by ULFA would figure in the proposed parleys between the PCG and the government.
When asked whether Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi would also take part in the proposed talks, Goswami said she had already suggested it, but was awaiting a government response.