Goswami sends letter on ULFA's demands
A mediator negotiating with the Centre on behalf of the banned ULFA on Wednesday sent a letter to the Government seeking clarification on the outfit's three key demands, including release of five top jailed leaders.
Assamese writer Indira Goswami said that she had written in the letter to Union Home Secretary VK Duggal about the ULFA's main demands.
"I sent the letter as the government had wanted that I should give the ULFA's demands in writing," said Goswami, who had spoken on phone to National Security Advisor M Narayanan and Duggal about the group's demands on Monday.
The demands include the release of five top ULFA leaders held in prisons in Assam, a written assurance that sovereignty for the state would be part of peace talks, and efforts to trace ULFA cadres missing since the Bhutanese Army launched a crackdown against the group in 2003.
Earlier this week, she had received a letter from ULFA chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa asking her to ascertain the Government's stand on these demands.
Goswami said she, in her letter, had reminded the Government about a promise made by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his meeting with the ULFA-nominated People's Consultative Group to discuss "all issues" to resolve the insurgency in Assam.
"I have written in the letter that the Government should send a letter to ULFA mentioning its stand on the three issues raised by the outfit," she said.
A similar letter was also sent on Wednesday by the People's Consultative Group, of which Goswami is a member, to National Security Advisor Narayanan.