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Interlocutors optimistic after Valley tour

Kashmir mediators today said there was an yearning for a resolution to the Kashmir dispute in the Valley and in the next six-nine months a roadmap will be unrolled in that direction.

india Updated: Nov 14, 2010 17:30 IST
HT Correspondent

Kashmir mediators on Sunday said there was an yearning for a resolution to the Kashmir dispute in the Valley and in the next six-nine months a roadmap will be unrolled in that direction.

"Our interlocution is centered round the political resolution to the Kashmir issue. It's too early to talk about the roadmap for political solution…in the next six-nine months we would be able to come up with a roadmap or a framework to resolve the Kashmir dispute," said academician Radha Kumar on her concluding day of the second leg visit of J-K visit.

Kumar and information commissioner M M Ansari held a 15-minute press conference in Srinagar on Sunday morning to brief the media about their visit.

Chief interlocutor Dilip Padgaobkar is in Spain and did not accompany the two interlocutors.

Kumar once again asserted on the inclusion of Pakistan in the final resolution of the problem.

"Engaging Pakistan is a necessity for finding a permanent solution to erstwhile princely state of J-K," said Kumar while arguing the dialogue process with Pakistan between year 2003 to 2006 Pakistan "saw considerable improvement on the ground in J-K".

She sought resumption of dialogue with Pakistan on Kashmir.

"We were very close to a framework of the political settlement…we would like to resume the process where from it was left," she said.

The interlocutor dispelled the notion that they were appointed just to have a fact-finding mission in Kashmir.

"Had we been on a fact finding mission, we would have been doing archival research. We are here as interlocutors," she said.

Kumar expressed optimism over the inclusion of the Hurriyat Conferences in the process.

"Hurriyat is important stakeholders," said Kumar.

She said chief minister Omar Abdullah too has been given a set of recommendations, which has already been forwarded to home ministry and Prime Minister's office in New Delhi.

"We report to the chief minister as well," she said.