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'ULFA open for talks if Assam's freedom discussed'

December 05, 2009 14:55 IST

The United Liberation Front of Asom's self-styled commander-in-chief Paresh Barua, who is known to be against talks, on Saturday said he had "full confidence" in chairman Arabindo Rajkhowa and the outfit was ready for a dialogue provided "sovereignty" for Assam was discussed.

There was no confusion in the minds of the ULFA cadres on talks, as right from the grassroot level cadre to the chairman and advisor all "were ready for it provided sovereignty for Assam was discussed", Barua said in an e-mail to North East Television.

Denying that there was a split in the ULFA, he said, "There is no split ... and we have full confidence on chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa."

He said "the question of difference of opinion does not arise and now it is up to the Indian government to show their sincerity by taking the process forward."

Barua dubbed the news regarding split in the ULFA as "conspiracy by the Indian government as a part of its divide and rule policy and misinformation campaign to create confusion among the people of Assam."

Barua said he and Rajkhowa had not surrendered, but had been arrested following a "deep-rooted conspiracy of the Indian government".

"The cairman and Barua can never forget nor ignore the sacrifices of the martyrs made during the last 30 years," he said.