Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Tuesday called upon the ULFA to come forward for direct talks with the Centre and end insurgency in the state.
Addressing the Independence Day function at the Judges field amid tight security, the Chief Minister said violence could bring no solution to the problem and urged the ULFA to "reciprocate positively to the government's unilateral decision to suspend Army operation in the state".
"The decision (to suspend Army operation) has proved that the Centre and the Assam government want to hold negotiation and ULFA should cooperate," Gogoi said during his hour-long speech.
The Chief Minister said the people of the state yearned for peace. "It's the need of the hour that all should cooperate to build a congenial atmosphere for talks."
"Our government is committed to peace which has been proved time and again, and keeping this in mind I urge the ULFA to immediately come to the negotiating table", Gogoi said.