Indian Union Home Minister P Chidambaram today said that incidents of violence had come down dramatically in the Northeast and the talks initiated by the Centre with various militant groups had been the main reason for the fall in violence.
Addressing the DGPs and IGPs of all States of the country in New Delhi today, Chidamabaram said: “The Northeast has seen remarkable progress. The region has been terror-free for the past 21 months. There is no denying the fact that the success achieved in bringing so many groups to the negotiating table has contributed immensely to the decline in violence in the northeastern region.”
P Chidambaram expressed hope that the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) would formally come forward for talks with the Centre and the Assam Government. “I would appeal to the groups or their factions which have not come forward for peace talks to give up violence, accept the talks offer and enter into agreements of ceasefire or suspension of operations with the government,” he said, and added: “I am confident that solutions can be found within the Constitution of India.”
The Home Minister said that it was a matter of great satisfaction that a number of groups were engaged in peace talks with the Centre. “We have appointed two interlocutors — RS Pandey to talk to the NSCN(IM) and PC Haldar to talk to the NDFB (pro-talks), DHD (Nunisa), DHD (J), KLNLF, UPDS and ANVC, besides the ULFA,” he added. The Union Home Minister regretted that Manipur and Assam were affected by blockades and shutdowns following intermittent violence.
Source : Sentinel Assam