Peace talks without ULFA's 'commander-in-chief' Paresh Barua was not possible and the demand for sovereignty cannot be given up, three top arrested leaders of the group said on Thursday.
"It is possible to hold talks within the framework of the Constitution but talks without Barua would be unrealistic and would not solve the problem...sovereignty must be the basis for talks though whether it will be achieved or not, the future alone can tell," ULFA 'publicity secretary' Mithinga Daimary told reporters.
Daimary was produced before the Kamrup chief judicial magistrate's court along with ULFA 'vice president' Pradip Gogoi and 'cultural secretary' Pranati Deka during the day in connection with several cases. On 'chairman' Arabinda Rajkhowa's surrender, Daimary said "Things are different now."
Talks held with the chairman in custody cannot be the same as had he been free. "The chairman alone cannot take certain decisions but the entire general council of the group has to decide on the future course of action," he said. There is no division in ULFA and "if our ideals are respected and honoured we are ready for talks", Deka said.