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Peace talks with PCG to continue: Narayanan

Concerned over continuing violence in Assam, key interlocutor Goswami had on Tuesday indicated she could back out of peace parleys if the bloodshed continued.

india Updated: Jun 14, 2006 20:31 IST

New Delhi, Jun 14 (PTI) The Centre on Wednesday said that peace talks will continue with Indira Goswami-led People's Consultative Group (PCG) representing the Northeast insurgent outfit ULFA, which has been allegedly involved in a spate of bomb blasts in Assam recently.

"The peace talks will continue," National Security Advisor MK Narayanan told reporters in New Delhi.

He said this after a meeting to brief Home Minister Shivraj Patil on the forthcoming third round of talks he would hold on June 22 with PCG led by Goswami, a Delhi University professor.

Among others who attended the meeting was Intelligence Bureau Chief ESL Narasimhan.

Concerned over continuing violence in Assam, key interlocutor Goswami had on Tuesday indicated she could back out of peace parleys if the bloodshed continued.

The noted writer said, "If the violence continues, I will have to rethink about my role also."

Government has warned UPFA that violence can spoil the atmosphere for upcoming talks.

Referring to the incidents in which ULFA militants blew up railway tracks in Sibsagar and damaged an oil pipeline in Dibrugarh on Sunday, Home Secretary VK Duggal had said, "ULFA is adopting tactics to pressurise the central government. These are tactics we understand and we can reply to them... these are not good tactics."