Chidambaram says no to conditional offer for talks

Wants Maoists to abjure violence first

PTI | February 23, 2010

File photo of Home Minister P Chidambaram. He asked Maoists to shun violence first.
File photo of Home Minister P Chidambaram. He asked Maoists to shun violence first.

Responding to the ceasefire offer by Maoists, government today made it clear that it will not accept any pre-conditions for talks with "ifs and buts" and asked the militants to come out with a simple statement saying they will abjure violence.

"I would like no ifs, no buts and no conditions," Home Minister P Chidambaram said in a statement, a day after the CPI(Maoists) made a conditional ceasefire offer asking the Government to halt the offensive against them for 72 days and involve mediators for talks.

He said government had seen many versions of a statement reportedly made by the leaders of the CPI (Maoist). "In the absence of an authentic statement, government is unable to respond to these versions," the statement said.



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