Guwahati: Assam minister for health and finance Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday said that that talks with United Liberation Front of Assam(ULFA) — Independent will be a complex one, however, it is going on in a positive direction.
Speaking to media persons on sidelines of the NDFB arms laying down ceremony here on Thursday, Sarma informed that talks with the pro-talks faction of the ULFA is on and is in a positive direction. The state government has also requested the leader of the anti-talk faction of the ULFA, Paresh Baruah, to join the peace process.
“We have also requested ULFA leader Paresh Baruah, who is leading the anti-talk faction, to join in the peace process,” Sarma said.
Pointing to demands that are being put on by the proscribed outfit, Sarma revealed that peace process with ULFA (I) is a complex one, however, the government is hopeful of coming to a conclusive solution soon.
“We have offered ULFA-I leader Paresh Baruah to join the peace process, but it is not easy as they have stick to their demand of sovereignty,” Sarma added.
Highlighting to the recent statement made by ULFA (I) supremo Paresh Baruah in a local media channel, Sarma said that the government is looking into the media statements.
Significantly, ULFA(I) leader, Paresh Baruah, in a recent telephonic conversation with a local TV channel reiterated ‘sovereignty of Assam’ as the precondition for any talk with the government of India.
Earlier on January 27, this year following the signing of the Bodo peace accord with all the factions of the NDFB, Sarma on behalf of the Centre offered the olive branch to Paresh Baruah and his group to come to the talk table to resolve their demands politically.