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"Give up secessionist demand"

Sushanta Talukdar

GUWAHATI: A two-day conclave of civil society organisations conducted by the Asam Sahitya Sabha — the apex literary organisation of the State — on Monday urged all secessionist outfits, including the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), to give up their demand for secession.

It said the Government and the extremist outfits should sit for unconditional peace talks.

“Culturally, Assam is an integral part of India. Therefore, the conclave urges the rebel organisations to give up their unfounded concept of secession from India and sit for unconditional dialogue to get their demands fulfilled,” a resolution said.

The conclave expressed concern over the "nexus" between politicians and militants and demanded that the Government take stern action against the politicians indulging in such anti-national activities. Peace would remain elusive if the "nexus" continued, the resolution said.

The draft resolution, placed at the concluding session of the conclave chaired by Sabha president Kanak Sen Deka, said the killings and extortion resorted to by more than a dozen extremist outfits posed hurdles in the economic development of Assam and the north-eastern region.

It proposed that the extremist outfits be given safe passage for a definite period to come to the negotiation table without any condition. If they failed to respond positively, then legal measures could be taken to restore peace.

It said the State Government had failed to play its role sincerely in containing insurgency. The Government must not confine itself to issuing statements but try to create an atmosphere conducive for peace.

The conclave also expressed concern over the unabated influx of illegal migrants, which posed a grave threat to the identity of the indigenous people.

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