Has been updated: December 30, 2023 20:47 IST
Singapore, December 30 (ANI): Singapore has hailed India for signing a historic peace agreement with the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA), which will significantly boost foreign investment from Singapore in the northeastern region. He said that it would be.
Simon Wong, Singapore’s High Commissioner to India, took to social media platform X (formerly Twitter) to express his gratitude for the tripartite peace agreement between ULFA, the Center and the Assam government.
“We are pleased to see the historic tripartite peace agreement signed between ULFA, GOI and the Government of Assam. This will consolidate peace in the region and attract foreign investors like Singapore to the Northeast. It will be a big boost,” Wong posted on X. .
We are pleased to announce the signing of the historic tripartite peace agreement between ULFA, GOI and the Assam government. This will consolidate peace in the region and provide a major boost to foreign investors like Singapore to expand into the Northeast. – Wong HC @PMO India @CMO_JP @HMOIndia https://t.co/u0QuyPRXvH
— Singapore, India (@SGinIndia) December 30, 2023
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’s envoy, while reacting to a post by Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, termed it a “historic day” and said this step was towards lasting peace and progress in Assam. He said that there is.
“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 an end to the oldest armed resistance movement pursued by the ULFA” in Assam and paves the way to protect the interests of the people and promote growth in the region.
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, His Excellency the Prime Minister’s single-minded pursuit of inclusive development has produced today’s transformative achievements that mark a new dawn of harmony and unity. brought about,” 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. (Ani)