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Assam: CM asks ULFA to come forward for talks
K Anurag in Guwahati | November 14, 2007 15:22 IST
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Wednesday asked the banned United Liberation Front of Assom to come forward to find a solution to the insurgency problem plaguing the state.
"It was a unique gesture as it was the first time a government had declared a unilateral ceasefire with a banned militant group. But the ULFA used the temporary lull in Army operations to recruit cadres and extort money. This reflected the group's negative attitude towards finding a negotiated solution," Gogoi told the Assam Assembly on Wednesday.
"Still, we are keeping our doors open for talks with the ULFA provided it shows a sincere gesture for a political solution. I, therefore, appeal to the banned ULFA to come forward for talks for the greater interests of peace and prosperity in the state and respond to the people's longing for peace," he said.
"Because of the efforts of our policemen, the number of violent incidents in the state has come down compared to the years ruled by the previous Assom Gana Parishad government," Gogoi said while quoting the official figures on insurgency-related violence to prove his point.