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Separatists should start dialogue with Delhi: Farooq

india Updated: Jan 05, 2011 23:49 IST
HT Correspondent

Union minister and National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday called on the separatists to initiate a dialogue process with New Delhi to resolve the Kashmir issue.

"People of the state need to resolve their issues on their own through the dialogue process. Similarly, India and Pakistan also need to resolve the issues and work for the betterment of people of the region," Abdullah told mediapersons here.

Replying to a question on Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq's statement that the United Nations had failed to address the Kashmir issue, Abdullah said that as a Union minister he could not comment on it.

"However, as president of the NC, I agree with the Mirwaiz that the UN has failed in many ways," he said.

"Therefore dialogue is the way out. I would request the Mirwaiz to start a dialogue with the Centre."

Praising Hurriyat leader Abdul Ghani Bhat's recent statement that separatists were responsible for some of the killings in recent times, Abdullah said, "I am happy he has spoken the truth. But by issuing this statement he has put himself in danger."

Abdullah denied reports of differences between the National Conference and the Congress - ruling coalition partners.

Abdullah, who is the union minister for new and renewable energy, also spelt out his ministry's action plan for harnessing solar, wind, geo-thermal, water and biomass potential of the state for generating energy.

"We are keen on helping J&K generate more energy from non-conventional energy sources abundantly available in the state," he said.

This year, the ministry has allocated Rs 130 crore to the state for generation of solar energy and electrifying villages in remote areas, he said.