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ULFA for direct talks with the Centre at the earliest

ULFA has expressed its willingness to hold "direct talks" with the Centre at the "earliest to solve the political problem" of Assam.

india Updated: Jul 01, 2006 18:52 IST

The ULFA on Saturday expressed its willingness to hold "direct talks" with the Centre at the "earliest to solve the political problem" of Assam.

ULFA chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa in a statement issued to a section of the local media here welcomed the third round of talks between the Centre and the ULFA-appointed Peoples' Consultative Group (PCG) wherein it was agreed to work out modalities for holding "direct" talks with the banned insurgent outfit within a fixed time frame.

"We hope that the assurance given by the Centre to hold direct talks with us becomes a reality soon", he said.

Rajkhowa thanked the Centre for "freely expressing its intentions on how to resolve Assam's problems and for assuring the people of state that directs talks will be held to find a permanent solution to their sufferings".

He also thanked noted litterateur Dr Indira Goswami, yesteryear footballer Rebati Phukan and all other members of the PCG for working to convince the Centre of a negotiated political solution to the problems of the state.

"The PCG has worked confidently, firmly and both their actions and words in this task are indeed praiseworthy", the ULFA Chairman added.

During the third round of talks between the Centre and the PCG on June 22, the Centre had agreed to "consider favourably" the release of five top ULFA leaders and to work out modalities for holding "direct" talks with the banned insurgent group within a fixed time-frame.