Ceasefire Agreement with ULFA likely now

A formal ceasefire agreement may soon take place between pro-Talk group of ULFA, led by its founder president Arabinda Rajkhowa, after it is reported that pro-talk ULFA group has been invited to Delhi for discussion on 3rd September 2011. It may be mentioned here that, pro-Talk ULFA group had declared ceasefire unilaterally on 13 July 2011.

It is expected that, the rules of ceasefire would be same in line with present NDFB and other rebel groups in North East India, which are in ceasefire agreement and talks with government of India.

After formal ceasefire agreement with Government of India, all ULFA cadres are likely to move into designated camp and weapons would be kept in double lock, one key with ULFA leaders while others with security personals.

On August 12, stating that talks with ULFA were on track, Union Home Minister, P Chidambaram had said the Centre had an agreement with ULFA on suspension of operations possibly before August 15 ahead of formal peace talks with the insurgent outfit.

“ULFA leaders met me in the presence of Chief Minister of Assam. Then they called on the Home Secretary. Next step is to sign a suspension agreement. It is being drafted. Once it is signed, which I hope will be before August 15, I think formal talks will start between the ULFA delegation, Governments of India and Assam,” Home Minister had said.

Though initially the talks for finalisation of the ground rules were to be held in Guwahati soon after the Independence Day celebrations, it was later decided to shift the venue to the national capital. Joint Secretary (North-east), who flew down to Guwahati early this month, held preliminary discussions with the ULFA leaders.

ULFA leaders had on August 5 submitted its charter of demands to the Government of India proposing to hold negotiations under 12 broad groupings, though the demand for sovereignty was skirted.

Source : Assam Tribune

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