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Azad positive about RTC outcome on J&K

All political parties will discuss working group recommendations on Centre-State relations, reports Arun Joshi.

india Updated: Apr 23, 2007 17:35 IST
Arun Joshi
Arun Joshi

Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad declares that the political diplomacy of the Round Table Conference has lifted the Kashmir dialogue from individuals to all parties' level and the third RTC in New Delhi on Tuesday would pave way for the consensus in permanently defining Jammu and Kashmir's relations with the Centre.

"It is going to be a blue ocean of hope and consensus, and we are going to obliterate the irrelevant red lines of the past," he told Hindustan Times, speaking metaphorically on the social, economic, humanitarian, governance agenda of the third RTC, which aims at rediscovering peace and finding a solution for Kashmir issue permanently.

The crucial area of the Centre-State relations has remained undefined in the past 60 years. That is the root of political uncertainty in the State. For all the dialogue processes in the past were either confined to individuals or, at best, to two parties, like Sheikh-Indira Accord of 1975 and Rajiv Gandhi Farooq Accord in 1986. "The things never got converted from papers to the implementation stage. We are moving towards action this time," he said

"It is for the first time that all political parties, elected representatives and leaders representing ethnic, religious, regional and sub regional groups and the intellectuals are part of an all-inclusive dialogue process," Azad said. He regretted that the separatists for the third time in row have declined the invitation to be part of this forward-looking dialogue process.

The third Round Table Conference would be discussing recommendations of the four working groups, dealing with confidence building measures, strengthening of the cross-LoC relations, economic development and good governance.

"We are looking at a consensus on these issues at the third RTC," Azad said .

" That consensus can lead us to finding harmony in defining the Centre-State relations," he said., explaining that the deliberations of the fifth working group, still ongoing, dealing with the Centre-State relations, would be discussed at the next Round Table Conference .

He said that those demanding to know that as to why this key aspect was not in the agenda of the third RTC, should understand that it is a process moving step by step. " At the RTC the chairmen of all the four groups who have submitted their recommendations would be explaining the views voiced by their respective groups and the ideas behind their respective recommendations."

"It is not a dialogue process of individuals, but collection of various thought processes on Kashmir and the issues have been categorized."

The recommendations have been made for the return of the migrants, relief to victims of violence of all hues, increasing people to people contact between the two parts of Kashmir, with the opening of more cross-LoC routes, start of the trade , good governance and massive economic development.

" Once these issues are settled, the consensus on Centre- State relations would appear on the horizon. It can be translation of a dream of peace into reality and end of political uncertainty once for all, "he said