Guwahati: Assam chief minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Saturday that the government will try to resolve the ULFA issue as soon as possible. The chief minister stated that ULFA(I) leader Paresh Baruah has shown positive vibes for peace talks in the last few months. He said there is no need to sign a separate peace accord with pro-talks ULFA led by Arabinda Rajkhowa and ULFA(I) led by Paresh Baruah.
The main motive is to bring peace to the state, so there is no need for a separate accord as both matters are advancing in the right direction. Dr Sarma said," We have seen positive signs from Paresh Barua and I am optimistic from these positive attitudes." The chief minister was interacting with the media after signing a tripartite peace accord with 5 Karbi militant outfits in New Delhi in presence of the union home minister Amit Shah.
Meanwhile, an ex-member of People's Consultative Group (PCG), which was formed by ULFA to initiate talks with the government a decade ago, Hiranya Saikia said today that a positive atmosphere has been created for talks with ULFA(I) by the central and state governments. He said that for the first time the chief minister of Assam has appealed to Paresh Baruah to come forward for peace talks.
ULFA(I) has also shown some positive vibes by declaring a unilateral ceasefire for six months for the first time in the last four decades. Saikia opined that it is very much possible to begin a peace talk between the government and ULFA(I) under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.