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Separatists welcome Indo-Pak talks

india Updated: Jul 15, 2009 21:17 IST

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Separatists on Wednesday welcomed the Indo-Pak talks in Egypt but said the inclusion of Kashmiris in the parleys was necessary for the success of the dialogue process.

The resolution of the Kashmir issue was also imperative for "good relations" between India and Pakistan and for peace and prosperity in South Asia, the moderate faction of the Hurriyat Conference, led by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, said.

In a statement here, the separatist amalgam, apparently referring to the meeting between Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan in Egpty on the sidelines of the NAM summit, said it welcomed the talks between the two countries.

It, however, added it was necessary to involve the Kashmiri leadership in the talks for the success of the process.

The statement was issued after a meeting of Hurriyat's Executive Council which also discussed the current situation in the valley in particular the Shopian incident which had sparked widespread protests.

The meeting took place a day after authorities lifted restrictions on the movement of Mirwaiz and other leaders of the conglomerate who were placed under house arrest to thwart separatists' march to Lal Chowk in Srinagar on July 13.