Singapore:Singapore has hailed India’s signing of a historic peace agreement with the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA), saying it will significantly boost foreign investment from Singapore in the northeastern region.
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“We are pleased to see the historic tripartite peace agreement signed between ULFA, GOI and the Assam government. This will consolidate peace in the region and encourage foreign investors like Singapore to expand into the Northeast. It will be a big boost,” Wong posted.
Earlier, the negotiating wing of the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) signed a tripartite memorandum of understanding agreement with the Center and the Assam government on Friday in the presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
Singapore envoy reacts to Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s post calling it a “historic day” and saying this step is a step towards lasting peace and progress in Assam I commented while doing so.
“Guided by the glorious vision and blessings of Shri Prime Minister @narendramodi ji, efforts towards lasting peace and progress in Assam have gained historic impetus today. It stands out for many reasons,” CM Sarma said.
He said the agreement “brings to a close the oldest armed resistance movement pursued by the ULFA” in Assam and paves the way to protect the interests of the people and foster growth in the region. Ta.
Terming this day as a special day for ‘Bharat’, Sarma further added that those who were once associated with violence will become partners in the country’s progress.
“For a generation, insurgency has hampered Assam’s potential. Since 2014, the Prime Minister’s single-minded pursuit of inclusive development has resulted in today’s transformative achievements that mark a new dawn of harmony and unity.” ,” he said.
A 29-member ULFA negotiating delegation, including 16 ULFA members and 13 civil society members, signed the agreement on Friday.
This is a significant agreement as the banned ULFA Independent has become the only major rebel outfit in the state after the ULFA negotiating forces signed an agreement with the Center and the Assam government.
The separatist ULFA was formed in April 1979 in the aftermath of a campaign against illegal immigrants from Bangladesh (formerly East Pakistan).
Split into two groups in February 2011, the faction led by Arabinda Rajkova renounced violence and agreed to unconditional negotiations with the government. Paresh Barua, who heads another renamed ULFA independence faction, opposes the talks.
Dialogue advocates have called for constitutional and political reforms to protect Assam’s indigenous identity and resources, including land rights. The federal government sent the draft agreement to the country in April. Initial talks between the two sides were held in Delhi in August.
Notably, the BJP-led Center has signed peace deals with rebel Bodo, Dimasa, Karbi and Adivasi organizations in Assam in the last three years.
Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah assured the pro-negotiators of the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) that the signed agreement would be implemented in a time-bound manner.