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 ULFA, Centre resolve to carry forward the dialogue process

 Union home secretary R.K. Singh with ULFA delegation
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A FORCE Report
To find a lasting solution to the three-decade-old insurgency problem in Assam, which has claimed over 18,000 lives, the top leadership of ULFA held talks with the union home ministry in Delhi and resolved to carry forward the dialogue process.

The two sides discussed various aspects of ULFA’s 12-point ‘charter of demands’ which sought amendment in the Constitution to give more powers to Assam on the lines of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 for finding “meaningful” ways to protect the rights and identity of the indigenous people of the state.

The ULFA demanded change of rules and law and said a solution to their demands was not possible under the provisions of the existing Constitution.

The latest round of talks on April 9 hinted at ULFA general secretary Anup Chetia's extradition to India from Bangladesh. After the 90-minute meeting with top MHA officials, ULFA ‘foreign secretary’ Sasadhar Choudhury said contentious issues, including Chetia's extradition, were discussed.

"The three-decade-long struggle cannot be resolved in a few sittings. We have pressed for Chetia's release," said Choudhury, pointing out that an extradition treaty between India and Bangladesh has been pending for years.

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