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Situation conducive to Kasmir solution: Mufti

In a meeting with the PM, Sayeed conveyed that global atmosphere was most conducive for resolution of Kashmir problem, reports Arun Joshi.

india Updated: Dec 04, 2006 18:19 IST
Arun Joshi

Former J&K CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on his return from the United Nations has told PM Manmohan Singh that global atmosphere is " most conducive for resolution of Kashmir problem."

Mufti Sayeed was on a month-long visit of the United Nations in New York, and other major cities in the United States as head of the non-official delegation of India to the world body.

During his stay there , he interacted with important international figures and think tanks and briefed them about situations in Kashmir in particular and rest of South Asia in general.

He had an hour-long meeting with the PM in New Delhi on Monday morning, according to a spokesman of PDP- Peoples Democratic Party, a major ally in the ruling coalition in J&K.

During the meeting, according to PDP spokeskman, Sayeed briefed about the conclusions he had drawn after his inter-active sessions, all of which pointed out to the global desire for an early and peaceful resolution.

The improved Indo-Pak ties and the Confidence Building Measures (CBM) have transformed the perception of the entire South Asian region in the eyes of the world.

"That has made things most conducive for an early Kashmir solution," he is reported to have told Singh.

Mufti Sayeed who is also patron of PDP said "the prevailing supportive environment in the sub-continent is offering a window of opportunity for the peaceful and permanent settlement of the Kashmir problem."

"It is time for both India and Pakistan to take advantage of the feasible situation to realize the much-cherished dream of peace and prosperity for the region".

Sayeed had, during these interactions and discussions stressed the need for building consensus on PDP's Self-Rule formula as the most viable solution of the problem.

Participating in a discussion "Kashmir-The Way Ahead", jointly organised by Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and Stimson Center in Washington DC, he presented a comprehensive document on the ways and means for resolving the Kashmir problem amicably to the satisfaction of allconcerned parties.

Mufti Sayeed told the PM that the Indo-Pak peace process catalysed by theCBM has built "a conducive atmosphere for initiating practical measures for the lasting resolution of the Kashmir problem."

He said that, " it is now a well-accepted fact that the peace process in the sub-continent is irreversible."

"It may move in fits and starts, but the direction is clear now," he said and added that the challenge is not only in sustaining the peace process but ensuring that it is insulated from the day-to-day setbacks that have often derailed it in the past.

Sayeed said "a South Asian region free from friction and feud emanates from the basic oneness of its people that can dominate all other considerations in an atmosphere of goodwill"

"I visualize a space of dignity and opportunity for J&K Kashmir in that paradigm of friendship between India and Pakistan," he said and reiterated the need for involving all shades of political opinion in the resolution process to arrive at broad-based consensus.

"There is a need for well-articulated views to emerge from the State that can form the basis of fruitful dialogue for a practical and implementable solution of the problem," Sayeed said and added that "PDP is making an effort to fill this most critical gap to have convergence of views within the State. "

"The PM has appreciated the views expressed by Mr Sayeed during his US visit underlining the need for peace, progress and prosperity in the sub-continent," the PDP spokesperson observed.

First Published: Dec 04, 2006 18:19 IST