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Centre sets fresh conditions for ULFA talks

K Anurag in Guwahati | June 13, 2007 12:56 IST

In an apparent bid to revive a channel of communication with the banned United Liberation Front of Assam, the Central government has set three fresh conditions for infuse life to the now botched peace process with the outfit.

The Centre's response came in the wake of initiative taken by Nagarik Shanti Mancha Asom (Citizens' Peace Forum, Assam) led by litterateur Dr Mamoni Raisom Goswami.

The forum met the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh [Images] in New Delhi on Monday evening to urge him to take fresh initiative to revive the peace process with the banned ULFA in the interest of peace in Assam.

National Security Adviser M K Narayanan on Tuesday conveyed to Goswami that the Centre will be game for holding direct talks with the ULFA provided either ULFA chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa or commander in chief Paresh Barua sends communication to the government expressing their willingness to hold dialogue without any condition.

The Centre has conditioned that the dialogue will be held between mutually agreed upon emissaries of the ULFA and government of India.

In case the ULFA needs to consult its leaders in jail for the purpose of carrying forward with the dialogue, the Centre will provide safe passage to ULFA leader for the purpose.

It may be mentioned that the previous peace initiative that started with the ULFA, delegating a group of its negotiators called People's Consultative Group, ran into stonewall after the ULFA failed to provide a written commitment to come forward for direct talks.

The Centre also did not heed to ULFA's demand for release of its central executive committee leaders from jail in the interest of continuation of the peace process.