Lakhimpur (Assam): ULFA Chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa on Thursday asserted that the pro-talk faction was opposed to the bandh call given by the outfit's anti-talk faction in protest against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's scheduled day-long visit on Friday.

"The Centre has honoured its commitment for talks with the outfit to resolve the long-standing issues and we are opposed to the bandh in protest against the Prime Minister's visit," Rajkhowa told reporters here.

ULFA anti-talk faction has called a 12 hour bandh beginning from 5 AM on Friday in protest against the Prime Minister's day-long visit to Guwahati.

Rajkhowa said the talks were proceeding in the right direction according to the Charter of Demands submitted to the Centre and "we are satisfied with the progress", he added.

On the issue of sovereignty, Rajkhowa said the issue per se has not been included in the charter of demands as "this is not just a demand but must be discussed as a right of every Assamese and must be included in the talks process".

 All demands prepared by the Citizens Committee and submitted to the Centre by the pro-talk faction will be discussed, he said.

"After all the issues are discussed with the Centre, we will apprise the people of Assam about it", he added.

Rajkhowa further pointed out that it was not likely that ULFA Commander-in-chief Paresh Barua would come forward for talks in the near future.

Referring to the anti-big dams protest in the state, Rajkhowa said that this was another issue of conflict with the government and though "we are not directly involved in the movement, we support it".

(Agencies)