Thursday, December 31, 2009

Safe passage for ULFA possible

By our Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Dec 31: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today said if the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) sends a letter to the State Government stating its willingness for peace talks, the government can think of safe passage for its leaders.

Talking to newsmen in Guwahati today, Gogoi said: “If talks are held with the ULFA, it will be with ‘full dignity’. The ULFA leaders in jail, including Arabinda Rajkhowa, are willing for peace talks.”

Gogoi said economic development in the State was stagnant after 1997, but the successive Congress governments have boosted it up.

When asked what was the tragedy that touched him the most in 2009, Gogoi pointed to the Bhimajuli killing and January 1 blasts in Guwahati

When asked about the happiest event in 2009, Gogoi said: “It was the ULFA leaders expressing their willingness for peace talks.” THE SENTINEL

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