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Talks on,ULFA says sovereignty a ‘birthright’

It,however,also claimed that the people of Assam would no longer stand under the flag of Paresh Barua,who now leads another faction of the ULFA.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati |
November 3, 2011 12:08:07 am

Even as the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) is engaged in peace talks with the government of India for the past several months,the outfit on Wednesday claimed that sovereignty was a ‘birthright’ of the Assamese people.

It,however,also claimed that the people of Assam would no longer stand under the flag of Paresh Barua,who now leads another faction of the ULFA.

The ULFA — which is still a banned outfit despite the fact that its leaders are freely moving around after being released on bail — in a statement said,“The ULFA strongly believes even today that sovereignty is a birthright of the Assamese people. The question of the Assamese people giving up this right does not arise. That exactly is why we have considered it (the sovereignty issue) as the basis of our talks with the Government of India.”

The pro-talk ULFA faction,as the major portion of the outfit which is led by chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa has come to be known,however dismissed rival faction leader Paresh Barua’s method of struggle. “We consider Paresh Barua’s method of indulging in senseless violence as an imaginary path towards achieving our goal,” the statement issued by publicity wing member Kamal Kachari said.

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First published on: 03-11-2011 at 12:08:07 am

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