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ULFA nominated group to hold talks with Govt

A group of negotiators nominated by the ULFA will hold talks with a Govt team including Home Minister Shivraj Patil in New Delhi on June 22.

india Updated: Jun 07, 2006 21:46 IST

A group of negotiators nominated by the ULFA will hold talks with a government team including Home Minister Shivraj Patil in New Delhi on June 22.

Noted Assamese writer Indira Goswami, a member of the People's Consultative Group that has been negotiating with the government on behalf of ULFA, on Wednesday said Union Home Secretary VK Duggal had informed her about the date for the third round of talks.

"The home secretary called me today to inform that the next round of talks will be held on June 22 and Home Minister Shivraj Patil will participate in them," Goswami said.

She said ULFA's demand for the release of five of the group's leaders -- including Pranati Deka, Ramu Mech and Mithinga Daimary -- held in jails in Assam were expected to figure in the parleys.

Asked whether a truce between ULFA and the security forces would be discussed, she said, "It is difficult to talk right now about the possibility of a ceasefire.

"All relevant issues will be discussed in the talks since the PCG's prime objective is to facilitate direct talks between ULFA and the government."

Goswami said she and another PCG member, Rebati Phukan, will call on National Security Adviser M K Narayanan tomorrow.

The 11-member PCG has held two rounds of talks with the Centre. The first meeting last year was attended by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, while the second was chaired by Narayanan.