Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Manmohan assured honourable solution for Assam people: ULFA

Guwahati, February 16, 2011

Urges people to remain united on common agenda

United Liberation Front of Asom chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa on Tuesday said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had assured the outfit of coming up with a solution that would be honourable and acceptable to the people of Assam.

An ULFA delegation called on him in New Delhi on Monday and conveyed to him that the outfit had decided to sit for talks and seek a solution on the basis of the commitment made by Dr. Singh to discuss "all core issues" in a letter to the outfit in 2005.

"We have told the Prime Minister that the ULFA has decided to come forward for talks on the basis of a letter written by the Prime Minister to the ULFA on May 25, 2005 in which he had promised to discuss all core issues with the ULFA. We have sought an honourable solution on the basis of that commitment. We hope the leadership of the largest democracy will not confine itself to issue of letters and holding discussions," Mr. Rajkhowa said, while reading out a prepared statement to journalists, on arrival of the eight-member ULFA delegation led by him from Delhi at the Lokapriya Gopinath Bardoloi International airport here.

"Cordial and satisfactory"

Describing their meeting with the Prime Minister on Monday as "very cordial and satisfactory" Mr. Rajkhowa said: "The Prime Minister is a very well-mannered and learned person. He has assured us of looking at the problems of Assam with due seriousness and find an honourable solution."

The ULFA chairman urged the people of Assam to remain united on a common agenda. He also urged the political parties, student groups, various organisations to remain united and play a constructive role for the common cause of safeguarding Assam\'s Identity.

"Unless the people are united success cannot be expected," he added.

In a separate development, the National Democratic Front of Boroland (pro-talk faction) resorted to a 24-hour road blockade programme disrupting movement of public and private vehicles in Bodo-dominated areas, demanding immediate resumption of talks between the Centre and the outfit

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