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Ready for talks, says Hurriyat

Thursday 23 June 2005, by BUKHARI*Shujaat

SRINAGAR: The moderate faction of the Hurriyat Conference on Wednesday said it was ready to hold talks with New Delhi. It has decided to invite leaders from across the Line of Control (LoC), and visit Jammu and Ladakh regions to take the people into confidence.

After a marathon meeting of the Hurriyat’s general council, working committee and executive council here on Wednesday, the Hurriyat Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, termed the recent visit to Pakistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir as "satisfactory." Negating the view that Kashmiris are not part of the process,Mr. Farooq said representatives of the Kashmiri people have found a place in the dialogue process.

Mr. Farooq said the Hurriyat was in touch with the Government of India informally.

"It is for the Government of India to decide when and where they want to hold the talks." he said.

The Hurriyat will also make efforts to bring back Kashmiri Pandits who fled the Valley in the wake of militancy in the early 1990s.

"We have welcomed India-Pakistan talks but Kashmiris can hold talks with Pakistan and India simultaneously to contribute their bit towards the resolution of the issue," he said.

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