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Centre issues ultimatum to NDFB in Assam
K Anurag in Guwahati | September 11, 2008 12:13 IST
Last Updated: September 11, 2008 12:38 IST
The Centre has made it clear that failure of the outfit to submit a fresh charter of demand will lead to scrapping of the ceasefire that is now in operation between the militant group and the Indian forces.
The NDFB which has been in truce with the government since May 2005, had earlier submitted only one demand before the Centre--the liberation of 'Bodoland'--that has been rejected outright by the government.
The NDFB has been maintaining that the peace talks could be started by the government on the basis of the whatever demands it had already submitted and is game to assess what concessions it can elicit from the Centre on the basis of its demands during the course of negotiation.
But the government is in no mood to play to the tunes of the militants group and has decided to adopt a tough posture regarding the demands of the outfit.
The government, in principle can't hold talks with the NDFB on the basis of its current demand for sovereignty or liberation of Bodoland given that the it is the 'demand for restoration of sovereignty of Assam' that has been the stumbling block in holding dialogue with the banned United Liberation Front of Asom.
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