The Center, Assam government and ULFA signed the long-elusive tripartite peace deal in New Delhi on Friday. Singapore has hailed India for signing 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.
Singapore welcomes ULFA peace agreement
Singapore has hailed India for signing a historic peace agreement with the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA), saying it will significantly boost foreign investment from Singapore in the northeast region.
The Center, the Assam government and the ULFA signed a long-elusive tripartite peace deal in New Delhi on Friday, leaving only one separatist group to quit the peace process, the ULFA’s dissident ULFA (Independence). became.
Expressing gratitude for the tripartite peace agreement between ULFA, the Center and the Assam government, Singapore’s High Commissioner to India Simon Wong said on social media platform X (formerly Twitter): “Signed between ULFA, GOI and the Assam government. This will consolidate peace in the region and will be a big boost for foreign investors like Singapore to come to the Northeast.”
The Singapore envoy’s comments came in response to a post by Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who termed the day a “historic day” and said this step marks a permanent milestone for Assam. It is aimed at peace and progress.
Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “Guided by Prime Minister Modi’s bright vision and blessings, efforts towards lasting peace and progress in Assam have received a historic boost today. Home Minister Amit Shah The Memorandum of Settlement, signed under the leadership of many reasons. ”
CM Salam further added that the agreement “brings to a close the oldest armed resistance movement pursued by the ULFA” in Assam and paves the way to safeguard the interests of the people and foster growth in the region. said.
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.
ULFA signs landmark peace deal with Center and Assam
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)