Latest round of peace talks between the Centre and the Arabinda Rajkhowa-led faction of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) may result in a resolution concerning illegal influx of immigrants mainly from Bangladesh.
The negotiations will also throw up an apparatus that will safeguard the political rights of the indigenous people of Assam.
“The government has agreed to a lot of our suggestions on the illegal immigrants issue. The planned framework is based on a very realistic assessment of the ground situation. The focus is on stopping further influx and at the same time dealing with the already existing immigrants," Rajkhowa told HT. "Some concrete steps have also been agreed to safeguard the political rights and the future of the people of Assam."
Refusing to detail out what exactly had been agreed to as it may hamper the peace process, the ULFA leader said certain out-of-the box measures have been agreed to and it is just a matter of time before they are formally declared.
The latest round of talks also focused on infrastructural development and measures relating to flood control, road development and building of bridges in the state. "The government has already agreed to many of these demands," he added.
Going by the progress of the talks, the leader expressed hope that a formal resolution may be possible this year itself, a time-line the government is also pursuing.