Updated December 26th, 2023 at 13:51 IST
Peace agreement between ULFA faction & Govt nears conclusion, likely to be signed by year's end
Ongoing talks between ULFA and government hint at a potential peace accord by year-end or early January.
Guwahati: In a major development related to the anticipated peace accord between a pro-talk faction of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) and both the state and central governments seems near completion, potentially occurring by the end of this year or in early January. This marks a crucial moment in the prolonged discussions between ULFA and the government, with two senior leaders of the pro-talk faction presently engaged in discussions in Delhi, as revealed by ANI.
Anup Chetia, a senior leader of the ULFA pro-talk faction, disclosed that,”The talks between ULFA and the government are now in the final stage.” Speaking to ANI over the phone, Chetia added, “We are expecting that the peace pact between ULFA and the government will likely be signed by the end of this year. We are very hopeful that the government will sign the peace accord this year.”
In 2011, ULFA submitted a comprehensive 12-point charter of demands to the government. The demands included constitutional and political arrangements and reforms, along with provisions ensuring the safeguarding of the identity and material resources of the local indigenous population in Assam.
Himanta Biswa Sarma, the Chief Minister of Assam, previously hinted at the advanced stage of talks between ULFA and the government. Sarma indicated that the prospective peace agreement with the pro-talk ULFA faction would encompass political, economic, and cultural safeguards, in addition to securing land rights for the concerned parties.
The potential culmination of this peace pact, as per reports, holds promise for long-standing reconciliation efforts, aiming to address multifaceted concerns and aspirations of the Assamese populace. While the specifics of the agreement remain undisclosed, the anticipated accord signifies a pivotal step towards fostering stability and harmony in the region.
However, this development comes just a few days after ULFA claimed responsibility for a mild blast near the Army’s station in Jorhat.
Published December 26th, 2023 at 07:54 IST