By- Correspondent | Date- July 17, 2011
The much awaited lateral talks between United Liberation of Asom (ULFA) and the Union of India will commence by end of this month, July. This has been known from a source of the pro-talk faction of the outfit. The ground level for the talks has been sorted out and under mediator PC Haldar as well as the ULFA leadership’s efforts, the real discussion is all set to begin.
The outfit is also understood to have chartered out their own set of discussion agenda and demands in accordance with the Demand Charter for peace talks. The demand charter was created by Sanmillita Jatiyo Obhiworton, a civil body led by some noted intellectuals of Assam and comprised and supported by over 100 civil, non-political, ethnic and student bodies of Assam. The Sanmillita Jatiya Abhibartan (SJA) is said to have put in enormous efforts with the help of all section of the society, from scientists to social workers, law makers to agriculturist to prepare a 400 odd page Demand charter of Assam for the ULFA leadership to use it as a basis to talk with the Government of India. This step by the civil society and intellectuals was welcomed and appreciated by the ULFA pro-talk leadership. Chairman Arabinda Rajhkhowa had even termed this demand charter as the National Resource of Assam.
The first official start to the talks between the two sides had commenced in February this year, when the ULFA leaders met Prime Minster Manmohan Singh and also P. Chidambaram in Delhi. However that was only a courtesy to the whole exercise to be followed and it was expected that the talks would start in true sense post the Assembly elections in Assam.
However it is not yet known who all will take part in the round of talks between Union of India and ULFA this July. It is expected that this information will be available very soon in a day or two.