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No unconditional talks, says ULFA
K Anurag in Guwahati | March 29, 2007 18:18 IST
The banned United Liberation Front of Assam on Thursday stated that it would be futile to hold unconditional talks with the Government of India as that would amount to compromising on the main objective of its revolution that is to restoration of sovereignty of Assam.
In a statement e-mailed to the media in Guwahati, the chairman of the banned insurgent group, Arabinda Rajkhowa, said that the outfit will no longer come forward for 'unconditional' farcical talks with the Centre as it will amount to making compromise, which it can't afford to do after the sacrifice of over 10,000 of its cadres in the continuing armed revolution.
The ULFA chairman lambasted those political leaders who had attended the recent two-day conclave organised by the People's Committee for Peace in Assam in Guwahati and suggested that both the ULFA and government of India should sit for 'unconditional' dialogue.
"Do these politicians want us not to talks about restoration of sovereignty of Assam, whereabouts of ULFA leaders who went missing from custody, release of jailed ULFA leaders and withdrawal of the colonial Indian forces from Assam? We are not game for holding such dialogue," the ULFA leader said.
The militant warned those politicos against making such shallow comments though the media on an issue that was linked to the 'Assamese nation's' identity, prestige and question of survival.
The ULFA also crticised Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi's comment that there was no need for holding plebiscite in the state on the question of demand for restoration of sovereignty of Assam.
The ULFA chairman stated that the chief minister was a puppet in the hands of colonial Indian rulers and had authority at all to make such comments as he had no power to even control even a jawan of 'Indian colonial force' that has been perpetrating atrocities on the people of the state.