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  The recent round table talk with ULFA bodes well, if only both sides remain flexible

Union Home Minister R.K.Singh with his Bangladeshi counterpart Monzur Hossain at the India-Bangladesh Home Secretary level talks in New Delhi                                              
The ongoing peace talks with the banned ULFA have been termed as ‘very constructive’ by Union home ministry. More parleys are to follow and the success of the Centre’s efforts can be measured only in terms of a political settlement of the vexed issue. The nascent peace process in Assam received a big boost after 75-year-old Tarun Gogoi, credited with bringing insurgent group ULFA to the negotiating table became the chief minister for the third time in a row early this year. Without losing much time, the MHA swung into action to bring the outfit to the negotiating table.

We went over various demands which they have put forward. There are certain demands which need their clarifications. We have requested our interlocutors, the Assam government and the ULFA to sit down again and sort out the issues.

But the talks are going well, they are very constructive,” a confident Union home secretary Raj Kumar Singh said after the latest round of talks in Delhi.

But, Union home minister P. Chidambaram sounded somewhat cautious. He said it was too early to say where the dialogue process would go and where it would lead to. Asked whether ULFA has been asked to deposit their arms and ammunition, Chidambaram said, “The general practice has been that for any talks. To lead to a political settlement, there has to be a suspension of operations. They (the militants) have to deposit their weapons under certain conditions which differ from groups to groups. I think we should allow the talks to progress. We should not begin to analyse the talks outside the rooms where the talks take place. We can’t have a parallel analysis going on even when the talks are taking place.”
In a follow-up action, cross-border movement of terrorists, deportation of ULFA leader Anup Chetia and border management dominated the home secretary-level talks between India and Bangladesh held in Delhi in November. Efforts to check infiltration of illegal immigrants, human trafficking, smuggling of narcotics and other goods came up for threadbare discussion during the delegation level talks.

Security officials also discussed how to check the growing nexus between extremist outfits of the two countries which has become major concern for New Delhi as investigations into several recent terror incidents have found that perpetrators have links in the neighbouring country
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