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'PM unlikely to meet Hurriyat in Srinagar'

Hurriyat as well as other separatists leaders would miss an opportunity to resolve the Kashmir issue if they stay away from the round table meet.

india Updated: May 23, 2006 04:35 IST

The Centre has not considered the proposal of Jammu and Kashmir's separatist amalgam Hurriyat Conference to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the second round table conference in Srinagar on May 24-25, informed sources said on Monday night.

They said the Hurriyat had been mooting this proposal for quite sometime through unofficial intermediary but they were told in clear terms that they need to participate in the conference.

They said the amalgam had been assured of sustained New Delhi-Hurriyat engagement but their participation in the round table was needed so that their viewpoint could be known to other representatives of Jammu and Kashmir.

A senior Union Home Ministry official, who requested anonymity, said Hurriyat as well as other separatists leaders would miss an opportunity to resolve the Kashmir issue if they stay away from the round table meet.

Asked whether the Centre had rejected the Hurriyat proposal to meet the Prime Minister on the sideline of the round table conference, he said, "It was found not even worth for consideration".