India welcomes ULFA ceasefire in NE state of Assam

08:36, July 14, 2011      

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India Wednesday welcomed the unilateral ceasefire announced by the northeastern state of Assam- based militant outfit, the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA).

"The government of India welcomes the announcement made by the ULFA," Indian Home Minister P. Chidambaram said in a statement.

The Home Minister also said a Supension of Operation agreement will be signed and ground rules for observing the agreement will be finalized in the near future.

"Government of India in consultation with Government of Assam will facilitate an early start to the talks," he said.

ULFA leaders, including its chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa, had met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Home Minister, and expressed their desire to seek a political solution to their demands of a separate state.

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