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Patel confident of a solution soon

india Updated: Aug 11, 2008 18:28 IST

Amid reports of a peace formula to end the Amarnath land transfer row, the Centre on Sunday said nothing will be done that will hurt either the Jammur or Kashmir regions and that the Amarnath yatra will continue as before.

With efforts being made to persuade the group spearheading the agitation to end their stir, the all party delegation headed by Home Minister Shivraj Patil visited Srinagar following on their trip to Jammu to help defuse the crisis.

"This is an issue which has to be dealt with carefully because while trying to solve this issue we should not do anything which will give solace to one part and create problem in another part of the state. We would like to evolve a formula which is acceptable to all the sides," Patil told reporters after chairing the nearly three-hour long all party meeting here.

Patil said the Amarnath yatra should go on as before irrespective of the land transfer. "The Prime Minister has also said that it should continue (as in the past)," he said.

After the delegation returned to Delhi, Patil exuded confidence that a solution would be found out after considering all the suggestions made at its meetings.

The Amarnath Sangarsh Samiti (SASS), which is spearheading the ongoing agitation, said any proposal made by the government to resolve the controversy should match its demand--restore the land transfer order.

SASS convener Leela Karan Sharma while expressing ignorance of any new proposal by the government on the issue said, "If there is such a proposal at par with our demands, we will agree when it comes to us in writing."

Sharma also said he was not aware of any new proposal cancelling earlier orders on land transfer as null and void.