Says it is not interested in holding secret talks with the Central government
Guwahati: The banned United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) has said it was not in favour of any secret talks with the Central government but would like to hold it on a world platform like the United Nations.
In an editorial published in the latest issue of its mouthpiece Swadhinata, the outfit has expressed doubts over the sincerity of the Centre regarding peace talks as it had invited only a few members of the Peoples’ Consultative Group (PCG) for the forthcoming February 7 dialogue. "Therefore, the ULFA is keen to hold the peace talks at the platform of the United Nations in front of the whole world and not behind closed doors", the editorial said.
The outfit alleged that Assam Governor Lt Gen (Retd) Ajai Singh did not understand the sentiments of the people of the state and was issuing irresponsible statements on the talks since the formation of the PCG. The ULFA further alleged that the governor was trying to destabilise the peace process with his comments and "was against the people of Assam as he had headed operations in the state since 1990 as an Army officer". The outfit also admitted it had served a notice to the ONGC demanding Rs 500 crore as the people of the state had the right to demand money for the amount of natural resources the ONGC had taken away from them over the years.