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Hurriyat reluctant to attend roundtable

Mirwaiz's remarks apparently implied there was no scope for political parties Congress, BJP, and PDP to participate.

india Updated: May 08, 2006 21:15 IST

Barely five days after its meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the Kashmir issue, the Hurriyat Conference has indicated its reluctance to participate in the second round table conference being held in Srinagar.

The Hurriyatsays that priority should be given to ongoing talks with the amalgam.

"Talks should be held with those who do not accept Indian control on Kashmir. If you are going to gather a crowd of those who already agree with you, then we think that no serious talks can take place.

"Priority should be given to ongoing talks with the Hurriyat Conference," Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said in a TV programme.

Asked in clear terms whether the Hurriyat Conference was going to participate in the May 25 round table conference being chaired by the Prime Minister, he was quoted by a release as saying "we have not taken any decision so far on the matter. We would decide only after the conference agenda is made known to us. We feel that Indian government should give importance to the viewpoint of those who differ with it."

After two hours of talks with the Prime Minister, the Mirwaiz had said that they would consider participating in the round table conference only after knowing the agenda and did not mention about the participation of number of groups.

Mirwaiz's remarks apparently implied there was no scope for groups like mainstream political parties Congress, BJP, National Conference and PDP to participate in the round table conference, a move which is unlikely to be accepted by the Centre.

First Published: May 08, 2006 21:15 IST