ULFA to sit for talks with Centre on Feb ten

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Guwahati, Feb 5 (PTI) The banned ULFA today announcedunconditional peace talks with the Centre on February 10 inNew Delhi to find an amicable solution to their 31-year-longarmed struggle.

Terming the first round of talks as a "courtesy call",senior ULFA leader Sasadhar Choudhury told reporters herethat the outfit "would like Prime Minister Manmohan Singh tobe present during the talks on Thursday as he representsAssam in Parliament".

Asked whether ULFA''s core demand of ''sovereignty forAssam'' would be discussed, Choudhury avoiding a direct replysaid, "We have decided to go for unconditional talks. Throughtalks, the process for resolution of Assam''s problems will bestarted."

"Respecting the wishes of the people of Assam and theJatiya Abhibartan (intellectuals), we have decided to go fortalks," he said.

ULFA is yet to select its leaders to participate inthe discussions.

"Though the ULFA''s agenda for the meeting has not yetbeen worked out, it will have all the problems of Assam," hesaid.

The decision to hold peace talks with the Centre wastaken at the ULFA''s executive committee and general councilmeetings this week, he added.

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