100 percent ready to join peace talks if sovereignty discussed: Paresh Baruah


GUWAHATI: The outlawed United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA-Independent)  is ready to come for peace talks with the Indian government on the outfits ‘core issue of sovereignty’.

“We are ready to join the peace process and hold negotiations with the government if they agree to hold such discussion on our core demand of sovereignty,” ULFA commander-in-chief Paresh Baruah, told Syed Zarir Hussain, Chief Managing Editor of News Live, in an exclusive interview.

“I am more than 100 percent sure we will come for peace talks and I will be one of the signatories to such an accord if our core issue of sovereignty is discussed,” the ULFA C-in-C said.

The elusive ULFA leader said the outfit is ‘always positive’ about holding negotiations with the government.

“We have always been positive, but the government need to show trust, honesty, and sincerity. If such a situation arises and the government agrees to hold talks on the issue of sovereignty, then we are ready to come to Assam and hold talks in Dispur instead of going to New Delhi,” Baruah said in the interview telecast on News Live.

“We just need a one line communication from the government saying they are ready to talk on the issue of sovereignty and the rest leave it to us, we will come and join the peace process.”

The ULFA leader said let sovereignty be discussed on the table and see how it goes.

“Let us argue our point on sovereignty and let the government give counter argument on why they don’t want to give sovereignty. The word sovereignty should not be a taboo, there can be discussion on sovereignty, why not,” Baruah said.