ULFA anti-talk faction leader Paresh Barua said he favoured peace talks with the government provided the latter makes it clear that his core demand of “sovereignty” will figure in the agenda.
“Let the government of India initiate a respectable discussion on the issue of sovereignty,” he said. “I have no problem coming out to talk to the government, if it clearly spells out that our demand for sovereignty will be discussed,” Barua told a Guwahati-based television news channel on Wednesday.
Barua made his telephonic statement to the local TV news channel even as ULFA general secretary Anup Chetia, handed over by Bangladesh last week, was produced in a court here.
Barua, holed up in Myanmar for several years now, also accused New Delhi of reducing the business of peace talks to child’s play. “I am never opposed to peace talks. But the government of India is not serious. It is handling the talks as if it is a child’s play. Such an attitude cannot be tolerated,” Asomiya Pratidin quoted him as saying.