No unilateral ceasefire with ULFA: Gogoi

No unilateral ceasefire with ULFA: Gogoi
New Delhi, Sep 10 (PTI) Enthused by the ULFA's surprise move to kickstart the peace process with the Centre, the Assam Government today promised to facilitate the talks but ruled out declaring a unilateral ceasefire with the banned outfit.

Describing as a "positive sign" the ULFA's announcement of a group of nine eminent citizens who would meet Central leaders to prepare the ground for talks with the outfit, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said "anybody making efforts to bring them to the dialogue table is welcome.

"My Government will provide all facilities in this regard," he told reporters here, but did not elaborate.

Asked about the possibility of his Government declaring a unilateral ceasefire, Gogoi said "ceasefire is always two-way traffic, it cannot be one way." The ULFA on Thursday announced a People's Consultative Group comprising nine prominent personalities, including some leading Assamese journalists, for initiating the process of dialogue with the Centre.

National Secretary Advisor M K Narayanan had said talks with the representatives could be held in the first half of next month.

Gogoi expressed confidence that dialogue with the ULFA would improve the situation in Assam as had happened in the Bodo-dominated areas after talks with Bodo groups.

Asked whether the Government would release ULFA prisoners in the run-up to the talks, he said "let them talk first ... anyway, no such demand has been made yet.

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