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Indira Goswami to write to PM on ending Assam stalemate

January 04, 2007 14:59 IST

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Noted Assamese author Indira Goswami will write to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in an effort to break the deadlock between the banned United Liberation Front of Asom and centre over the stalled peace process in Assam.

Goswami has played a key role in talks in the past.

"The ULFA has not asked me to write this letter but I will be writing personally to the prime minister, whom I know since we were colleagues in Delhi University," Goswami told PTI on Thursday.

The peace process was derailed when the army resumed operations against the ULFA on September 23 last year following a 40-day truce.

"I am very keen to break the stalemate. Otherwise both the ULFA and the army take up arms and there will be bloodshed on both sides," the Jnanpith awardee said.

"In my letter, I will ask Dr Singh that all the core issues be discussed in future talks with the ULFA. Since sovereignty (as demanded by the ULFA) is a taboo word and the prime minister has said he is the servant of the Constitution, discussion of all core issues will include the demands of the ULFA," she said.

"I met Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Wednesday for some other matter and informed him of my intention," she said.

Asked if she would inform the ULFA about her decision, Goswami replied positively.

On the release of the five jailed leaders of ULFA's central committee as demanded by the group, Goswami said, "I told the chief minister that as a guardian of the state he will have to take the first step."

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