August 2000 News

Talks Will Resume Soon: Farooq

14 August 2000
The Hindu
Shujaat Bukhari

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, today said the talks between the militants and the Government would resume soon. The Chief Minister called upon the militants to shun the path of violence and help restore peace and normality by joining the process of dialogue. "The gun is no solution and it is only through negotiations that matters can be sorted out," Dr. Abdullah said in a message to the people on the eve of the Independence Day. He exuded confidence that the talks initiated recently would be resumed and be taken to their logical conclusion despite the hurdles being created by some elements, including Pakistan. The Chief Minister said everyone welcomed the offer of the Hizb- ul-Mujahideen for talks. "But the hurdles created by some vested interests and Pakistan are known to everyone." But despite the negative approach "we hope the neighbour will shoulder the responsibility for creating an atmosphere of friendship in the region". "Wars have never solved any problem and it only the negotiating table that has given birth to friendship and trust," the Chief Minister said. He said the Shimla Agreement and Lahore Declaration prove our commitment to peace. The Chief Minister cautioned against the voices being raised for the division of the State on regional and religious lines and said no move that is detrimental to the national interest would be allowed to succeed.


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