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Govt for direct talks with ULFA: Gogoi

December 12, 2006 16:56 IST

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The Central and Assam governments are for immediate "direct talks" with the top leadership of United Liberation Front of Asom to resolve the insurgency problem of the state, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said on Tuesday.

"We have said earlier and even now that we are for direct talks and not with any second or third party," Gogoi told reporters in Guwahati.

"If they (top ULFA leaders) come even tomorrow or day after, we are prepared, but talks with any nominated group is no good," he said.

"I have also told (key mediator) Indira Goswami that instead of talking to their (ULFA) representatives, we should talk directly with maybe (commander in chief) Paresh Baruah," Gogoi said.

The Assam government, he said, had made it clear that "doors (for negotiation) are not closed and even during my last visit to New Delhi I had discussed the issue with the Union home minister."

Asked to comment on Goswami's offer to persuade ULFA to withdraw its call to boycott the national games in Assam in February if five top rebel leaders are released from jail, Gogoi said the two issues cannot be linked.

"How can the two issues be linked? I will again appeal to them (ULFA) to withdraw their boycott call," he said.

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