New Delhi: A historic tripartite peace accord was signed between the Centre, Assam Government and the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) in New Delhi today. The deal is intended to bring lasting peace in the North East region. The Memorandum of Settlement was signed in the presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Shah said, it is a matter of joy that today is a golden day for the future of Assam. He said, Assam and North-East faced violence for a long time and after Mr Narendra Modi became Prime Minister in 2014, efforts were made to reduce the gap between Delhi and Northeast. The Home Minister said, in the last five years, nine accords related to peace and borders were signed which have brought peace in North-Eastern region. He said, over nine thousand cadres of insurgent groups have surrendered. Mr Shah said, with this accord, ULFA, the oldest insurgent group of Assam agreed to abjure the path of violence.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, today is a historic day for Assam. He said, during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tenure and under the guidance of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, work for Assam’s peace was always underway. The Chief Minister said, three accords have been signed and the move will fulfill the aspirations of people of the State.
Representatives of ULFA and senior officials of Assam and Central Government were present on the occasion.