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Amarnath talks end, solution in sight

india Updated: Aug 31, 2008 01:38 IST

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The fourth round of talks between the Governor's Panel and the group leading the agitation in Jammu over the Amarnath land row ended late tonight amid reports that a solution may be in sight to end the over two-month old crisis.

The talks over a peace formula stretched for over four hours and ended WELL past midnight. A draft agreement is understood to have be given to the Shri Amarnath Sangarsh Samiti(SASS) for their consideration. The talks reportedly ended on a positive note.

The draft outlining the contours of the peace formula was being discussed by the Samiti representatives before it gets back to the panel. The details are not known and there is no official word about the draft.

It is learnt that the panel and the Samiti representatives will meet again amid reports that the agitation may be called off as early as tomorrow.

Earlier in the day, the Samiti appeared to be in no mood to to go back on its core demand for restoration of the land to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) if the comments of its leaders before the talks were any indication.

The government is understood to have offered control of 40 hectares of land to the Shrine Board during the yatra period where temporary structures could be erected and later dismantled at the end of the two month long pilgrimage.

Ahead of the talks, the Samiti also said any solution should also give the shrine board exclusive control of the land during the yatra. There was no official word on any peace formula being worked out. The talks which was deferred twice in the last two days was delayed by a few hours.

Samiti's convenor Leela Karan Sharma told newsmen there is no question of reversing its stand communicated to the panel regarding restoration of land to the Shrine board during the previous three meetings.