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Assam CM to skip Centre-ULFA talks
K Anurag in Guwahati | June 21, 2006 14:02 IST
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi will not attend the third round of talks between the People's Consultative Group, nominated by the banned United Liberation Front of Asom, and the government of India.
A source in the Chief Minister's Office in Guwahati informed that Gogoi had expressed his inability to attend the talks, scheduled for tomorrow, citing health problems although he had assured a PCG delegation that met him in Guwahati on Tuesday evening, of full cooperation from the state government to make the talks fruitful.
Gogoi had undergone treatment at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi for few days immediately after he return from a trip abroad recently.
The earlier two round of talks, which were chaired by National Security Adviser M K Narayanan, were held in October 2005 and February 2006. The last two round focused on confidence building measures to create an atmosphere conducive for direct dialogue between Centre and the ULFA.