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Include Kashmiris in talks: Hurriyat Conference

Hurriyat feels that Kashmiri participation in Indo-Pak dialogue is vital for the resolution of the issue.

india Updated: Sep 18, 2006 23:33 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

The Hurriyat moderate faction headed by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq on Monday, welcomed the decision to resume the composite dialogue between India and Pakistan, but said Kashmiris should be involved in the process for resolution of the Kashmir issue.

"Hurriyat welcomes the development (decision to resume talks) but feels the involvement of Kashmiris in the dialogue process is imperative for the resolution of Kashmir issue," Hurriyat leaders told a visiting five-member delegation of envoys of European Union during a meeting in Srinagar.

The envoys, led by European Commission Ambassador Francisci Da Camra Gomes, visited the Hurriyat headquarters at Rajbagh and met separatist leaders, including former Chairmen Prof Abdul Ghani Bhat and Moulana Mohammad Abbass Ansari.

Earlier, the envoys had a meeting with JKLF Chairman Mohammad Yaseen Malik.

A Hurriyat spokesman said, "Various aspects of Kashmir issue and the prevailing world scenario, particularly the Havana meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf were discussed threadbare during the meeting."

The joint statement issued at the end of Singh-Musharraf meeting and other issues related to Kashmir, including "demilitrisation, self-rule and joint management proposals" put forth by the Pakistan President, as also the human rights situation came up for detailed discussions, he said.

First Published: Sep 18, 2006 23:20 IST