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PCG meets ahead of talks between ULFA, Govt

The PCG is meeting on Monday night to iron out the differences for an unified voice to be presented during talks with the Centre.

india Updated: Jun 05, 2006 13:17 IST

Hope of a direct talk between the ULFA and Union Government brightened as the Peoples Consultative Group (PCG) on Monday indicated that the next meeting might be their last one with the government.

The PCG is meeting in Guwahati late on Monday night to iron out the differences among its members for a unified voice to be presented during talks with the Centre in the second week of this month.

"We have been selected by the ULFA from the civil society to do the ground breaking with the Union Government, which we did. It will be our third meeting and we do hope that both Union Government and ULFA would send enough positive signals for a direct talk. It can be held anywhere in the world," said PCG member Ajit Kumar Bhuyan, the Editor of the Assamese Daily "Aji".

All the members of the PCG, barring Mr Brajen Gogoi, are meeting today and would discuss threadbare the subjects to be discussed with the Centre.

On top of the agenda is securing the release of the jailed ULFA leader as and recently arrested ULFA leader at West Bengal.

The PCG would also like to see the formal announcement of the ceasefire, which is keenly expected. According to intelligence source, the Union Government would trade ceasefire with the release of the four top jailed ULFA leaders.

The Union Government is putting the ULFA talks on the fast track mode and completely de-linking the PMO from the process.

The source said since National Security Adviser MK Narayanan is preoccupied got too much preoccupation and his easy availability is also not a possibility, the Government has decided to entrust the entire responsibility with the Union Home Ministry so that developments can be fast paced.

First Published: Jun 05, 2006 12:54 IST