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Govt keen to engage all groups in Kashmir dialogue: PM

Ahead of his visit to Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said the government would like to engage some political groups who are outside the mainstream in a "constructive dialogue" in the state, an apparent reference to separatists.

india Updated: Oct 25, 2009 21:54 IST

Ahead of his visit to Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said the government would like to engage some political groups who are outside the mainstream in a "constructive dialogue" in the state, an apparent reference to separatists.

He also made it clear that as far as negotiations with any separatist groups is concerned his specific purpose is not to start negotiations or to engage "in negotiations myself".

"I have always maintained that it is our sincere desire to engage all sections of political opinion in Jammu and Kashmir to find practical, pragmatic solutions to the problems facing the state," he told reporters in Cha-Am Hua Hin.

He said "I recognise that there are some political groups who are outside the main-stream. We would like them also to engage in a constructive dialogue with us," he said.

The Prime Minister also said he already had two-three rounds of meetings with the Hurriyat groups and he was waiting for them as they promised to come back with specific suggestions.

Singh will travel to Jammu and Kashmir this week to inaugurate railway projects there.

The Centre had recently said that it will hold talks with all shades of opinion in Jammu and Kashmir away from the media glare.