Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today appealed to all top ULFA leaders to come for negotiations and said the Government has received encouraging signals from the militant outfit to hold peace talks.
He also said that his government favoured safe passage to the outfit’s leaders if they come for talks.
“There must be an end to the mindless violence in the state. We are keeping our doors open for all of them. The top ULFA leaders including Paresh Barua must respond to the peoples’ desire for peace,” Mr. Gogoi told reporters here.
On ULFA Chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa expressing his willingness to come to the negotiating table, he said, “Signals (from the ULFA) are encouraging“.
Gogoi’s comments came after Rajkhowa was quoted by the North East TV channel as saying that the banned outfit was ready for peace talks with the Government.
Asked whether Assam Government will offer safe passage to top ULFA leaders if they come for talks, he said, “I am for it.”
On involving ULFA ‘commander-in-chief’ Paresh Barua, who controls the military wing of the outfit, Gogoi said talks can be held without him but if he comes the Government will be happy.
“If he comes on his own, we will be very happy,” the Assam Chief Minister said, adding there may be good news in a week’s time.