Will accommodate insurgents as far as possible: Gogoi on ULFA talks

Guwahati, Oct 22 : Reiterating that his government wanted the proposed talks with the ULFA to start by December, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today said the government would ''accommodate as far as possible'' the demands of the banned outfit.

''The Centre's interlocutor PC Haldar is holding discussions with the jailed leaders. He will have to come to me and the Union Home Ministry after that. We will have to frame the modalities. The process takes some time,'' Mr Gogoi said.

''Before the talks start, we must see what they (ULFA) want and what we want. But we will accommodate as far as possible,'' he said.

Claiming that the granting of bail to the jailed ULFA leaders was not in the hands of the state government but was up to the jurisdiction of the court, Mr Gogoi said, ''We can oppose the bail or otherwise, but ultimately it is for the court to decide whether to grant them bail or not.'' His statement came in the wake of the jailed ULFA leaders insisting on their release to carry forward the peace process.