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No downgrading of ULFA talks: PC Haldar

The Centre's interlocuter for talks with the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) has said that there has been no downgrading of talks.

delhi Updated: Oct 27, 2011 23:58 IST
Sanjib Kr Baruah

The Centre's interlocuter for talks with the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) has said that there has been no downgrading of talks. "Status of the negotiation process with ULFA has not been downgraded, reports saying so are not correct," PC Haldar told HT. Haldar was reacting to the rise of apprehensions that New Delhi will keep out of the talks process from now on and would only review the proceedings of the lateral talks between Assam government and the proscribed outfit.

According to official sources, the negotiations comprise various aspects from logistics to those substantial in nature. "While smaller details like depositing of weapons, designated camps, framing of ground rules, etc will be decided by the state government and the ULFA leadership, substantial issues like constitutional safeguards or degree of autonomy will be discussed at the Central level," said the official.

"Reports of downgrading of talks are being spread by vested interests," ULFA chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa said before leaving for Guwahati. Rajkhowa had led a team of senior ULFA leaders for the third round of talks with Central and state government representatives on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The ULFA leader however pitched strongly for a timeframe for the ongoing negotiations. "A time-bound plan is crucial for strengthening the belief and commitment of the people on the entire peace process and resolution of issues in the Assam-India conflict."

"As of now, the government has been fairly receptive and the atmosphere conducive," he added saying previous experience has led to a keenness for a time-bound plan.

New Delhi has often been accused by some insurgent outfits of the region that have come forward for talks of dilly-dallying on resolving issues.

A prime example has been the talks with the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN) which has been going on for the last 13 years, having seen three interlocuters and taken place all across the globe in Paris, Geneva, Zurich, Amsterdam, New Delhi, Chiang Mai (Thailand), Bangkok, London, Osaka, Malaysia, The Hague and Dimapur