May 2000 News

Hurriyat for result-oriented talks

27 May 2000
Daily Excelsior

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference today said it was for ''result-oriented'' talks to resolve the Kashmir issue while accusing the centre of not being ''sincere and serious'' for a dialogue with people of Jammu and Kashmir. Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani said his organisation was not against talks but the dialogue should be ''result-oriented'' and not for the sake of negotiations. ''The only way the problem can be resolved is to have tripartite talks involving all the three parties,'' Geelani told reporters here. The official stand of Hurriyat was that bilateral talks were an exercise in futility, he said. Accusing the Centre of not being sincere for talks, Geelani said ''the offer of talks by the Centre is a bogey and fraud as there is no sincerity or seriousness in the offer.''


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