European Union Team Meets Jammu And Kashmir Governor, Farooq, Others
26 September 2000
The Times of India
Srinagar: A three-member team of the European Union, currently on a three-day tour of the state called on governor G.C. Saxena, chief minister Farooq Abdullah and other officials and discussed the current situation in the Valley with them. The CM, who arrived here after a one-month long tour abroad, met the ambassadors and alleged that Pakistan-sponsored militancy had sabotaged the peace process in the state. Farooq was in London and the US since the second week of August. The governor told the ambassadors that the last 11 years of proxy war started by Pakistan had disturbed normalcy in the state and the people were longing for peace. He said the people of the state were aware of the machinations of Pakistan. India, he pointed out, was keen for a bilateral dialogue with the people in the state, but Pakistan was creating obstacles. The delegation also met chief secretary Ashok Jaitely and the Army corps commander here. It would meet BSF officers engaged in counter-insurgency operations on Wednesday, official sources said. The team, led by French ambassador to India Bernard De Montferand and comprising the ambassadors of Belgium and Sweden, also visited the office of the All-Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC) here and met its chairman Abdul Ghani Bhat. The ambassadors said they would be submitting comprehensive reports about Kashmir to their respective governments. The team members also met director-general of police Gurbachan Jagat and discussed the state''s situation with them. On Tuesday, they visited Kashmir University and talked to its vice-chancellor. The EU ambassadors have been visiting Kashmir regularly for, what are termed as, study tours.