August 2000 News

Ground Prepared For Revival Of Talks With Hizbul: Farooq

21 August 2000
The Hindu

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah today described as ''positive signs'' recent statements of the Central Government and Hizbul Mujahideen on peace initiative and claimed that the ground has been prepared for restarting the derailed peace process in the State. ''This time talks would be held secretly without the knowledge of many. There would be no media hype either,'' he told reporters here, adding ''now the question is how soon the ball starts rolling''. The Chief Minister also expressed the hope that the visit of Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee to the United States next month would be useful as he would be able to put across the correct picture of terrorism and convince the world of its ill effects. Asked about the Hizb''s caution against any move to divide the Kashmir Valley on communal lines for return of migrants, Abdullah said perhaps it has not been understood in right perspective. ''We are not dividing the Valley for return of migrants,'' he said, and added that ''what we are proposed to do is to create transit camps where they will stay under security and get their damaged houses reconstructed and existing structures repaired to facilitate their return to their homes''.


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