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'Indo-Pak talks should aim at right to self-determination'

Rejecting bilateral dialogue to address Kashmir issue, chairman of hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Thursday said that his amalgam was not against talks, but the process should aim at granting the right to self-determination to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

india Updated: Sep 10, 2009 19:24 IST

Rejecting bilateral dialogue to address Kashmir issue, chairman of hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Thursday said that his amalgam was not against talks, but the process should aim at granting the right to self-determination to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

"Bilateral dialogue between India and Pakistan have taken place over 130 times since March 23, 1952 but the issue of Kashmir still hangs in balance. We are not against the dialogue process, but New Delhi needs to accept the disputed nature of Kashmir first and work for the implementation of the UN Resolutions on Kashmir," Geelani told reporters at his Hyderpora residence in Srinagar Thursday afternoon.

Geelani, who was released from Central Jail Wednesday night after over three months detention under Public Safety Act (PSA), said that New Delhi should first acknowledge the disputed nature of Kashmir and also make it clear that it is ready to give right of self-determination to the people of Kashmir in accordance to the UN resolutions.