Indications ULFA ready for talks: Gogoi
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said there were indications that the ULFA was ready for a dialogue and something in writing was expected from the proscribed outfit.kolkata Updated: Jan 08, 2010 16:08 IST
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Friday said there were indications that the ULFA was ready for a dialogue and something in writing was expected from the proscribed outfit.
"Some positive signals are there that they are willing to hold discussion with us. We are expecting something in writing," Gogoi told reporters Kolkata.
He made it clear that the government was ready to talk to the ULFA on all matters except on its demand for sovereignty.
To a question, Gogoi said the Assam governemnt was willing to hold talks even without the outfit's 'c-in-c' Paresh Barua, who is still at large. Most of the top ULFA leaders, including its chairman Arabindo Rajkhowa are behind bars.
"Lack of employment opportunity was the main reason for rise in insurgency. But the situation has improved. This has led to a number of ULFA leaders surrendering," he told reporters on the sidelines of a summit here.
Gogoi said the momentum of economic development has led to a SGDP growth of 10 per cent and a lot of employment opportunity was being created.