GUWAHATI: Union Home Minister Amit Shah has given authority to Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to hold preliminary peace talks with the banned outfit United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent (ULFA-I).
“I have discussed with the home minister on the issue of holding peace talks with the ULFA. He has authorised me to initiate the preliminary talks with the ULFA,” said Sarma talking to the media persons in New Delhi after meeting Shah last night.
CM Sarma asserted that the central government may get involved in the peace parleys with the ULFA at a later stage if things go accordingly.
Sarma also talked about his participation in the ongoing peace process with the NSCN-IM however not officially holding any negotiation with the Naga rebel group.
“As convenor of the NEDA, I have sometimes talked to some political parties (in Nagaland) in the past,” he added.
Sarma to leave for Nagaland today as convenor of the NEDA to assess the political situation of the state after opposition parties too became part of the government.
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