ULFA Chairman left for New Delhi to open formal talks with government.

Arabinda RajkhowaNew Delhi: Today, United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) said that its leader Anup Chetia should be brought back to India from Bangladesh so that Chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa left for New Delhi to open the 1st formal round of talks with the central government.

The peace talks between ULFA and the union home ministry officials will start in the Indian capital Friday among hopes of bringing the curtains down on one of northeast India’s longest running and aggressive revolutions.

ULFA leader told reporters that “We are going to submit our charter of demands to the government during the talks and we are positive something concrete would emerge during the negotiation process.”

According to the sources, the government side is likely to be represented by union Home Secretary R.K. Singh, New Delhi’s chief peace interlocutor P.C. Haldar, and senior ministry officials.

ULFA, one of the major rebel outfits in the tea and oil-rich region of Assam, has fought for an independent homeland for racial Assamese since 1979. At least 10,000 people, mostly civilians, have died in Assam due to fighting between government forces and various rebel groups.

At least 8 top ULFA leaders who are likely to be included in Friday’s talks are out on bail, with the government assisted their release from jail in order to pave the way for negotiations.

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