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ULFA must abandon arms before talks: Army
October 21, 2005 23:06 IST
Outlawed insurgent outfit, United Liberation Front of Asom, should lay down their arms and come to the negotiating table, if it is sincere about their offer for peace talks with the Centre, army chief General J J Singh said on Friday.
Singh was briefing newsmen about the deliberations of the just-concluded top army commanders conference in New Delhi.
Asserting that operations against the group would continue, the army chief said his forces would treat the banned organisation as a "terrorist organisation".
He said ULFA cadres were at present pressed hard by the pressure put on them by the security forces and had lost much of their earlier sheen and ideological standing.
Singh said moves by the group leaders to abandon their bases in the country and take shelter in other countries had not gone down well with the people of Assam.