February 2000 News

Clinton’s proposed visit linked with Kashmir resolution

3 February 2000
Daily Excelsior

SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference today claimed that US President Bill Clinton’s proposed visit to India in March was primarily aimed at resolving the vexed Kashmir issue. US President is coming with a proposal on Kashmir resolution which will be discussed with New Delhi during Clinton’s stay in India, acting Chairman of Hurriyat, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, told reporters here.

Farooq said Kashmiris welcome the proposed visit of Clinton to India as it will help in resolving the Kashmir issue. We whole-heartedly welcome the visit of the US President to the sub-continent in March.

He said US is more interested in the resolution of Kashmir issue for the bright future of the sub-continent. US was interested in the resolution of Kashmir issue so as to prevent a possible nuclear confrontation between India and Pakistan over Kashmir, he added. Farooq reiterated Hurriyat’s demand for holding tripartite talks among India, Pakistan and the representatives of Kashmiris to resolve the Kashmir issue.

He also called upon India to give up its hard stand on Kashmir and resume talks with Pakistan. India should talk to Pakistan without consideration whether that country is ruled by Army or a civilian Government.

Farooq criticised the ruling National Conference leaders for propagating that internal autonomy to the state was an alternative to the demand of right to self determinatio for the Kashmiris. These people are trying to mislead the world community ... Autonomy is an eye wash that can never resolve Kashmir issue. (PTI)


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