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‘ULFA peace talks progress positive’

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GUWAHATI: Centre-appointed peace interlocutor P C Haldar Monday said positive news on the peace talks with the banned ULFA could be expected sooner than earlier anticipated.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function here, Mr Haldar said, “We can expect some progress sooner than earlier anticipated.”

He, however, refused to specify any timeframe or elaborate on the nature of progress that was being made.

“I am positive on the peace talks,” the former IB chief added.

Stating that positive vibes had been received from the militant outfit, Mr Haldar stressed on peace as the backbone for development.

An experienced North East hand, Mr Haldar was appointed by the Centre to act as its interlocutor with several militant outfits of the region, including the ULFA.

A faction of the outfit, led by its ‘chairman’ Arabinda Rajkhowa, had started peace parleys, having met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi in February this year.

However, a faction, under its elusive ‘c-in-c’ Paresh Barua, had refused to enter the talks process. (UNI)

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