December 2000 News

Talks will begin soon, says Yaseen Malik

9 December 2000
The Hindu

NEW DELHI: Hurriyat Conference has said it does not doubt the sincerity of India''s attempts to bring peace and solve the Kashmir issue but stresses that a dialogue should begin soon. Senior Hurriyat leader and chairman of JKLF, Mr. Yaseen Malik, said ''we do not doubt the sincerity but only the time will tell about it... Pakistani Government has also responded positively, we also welcomed it but we want that political dialogue must be initiated to resolve the Kashmir dispute.'' ''Yes, it (peace process) should work. So, none (India, Pakistan or Hurriyat) has tried to discourage the process,'' Mr. Malik said in an interview to ''Darasal'', a programme to be telecast tomorrow on Doordarshan news. Stating that the entire leadership of Hurriyat conference had in one voice welcomed the ceasefire offer, Mr. Malik said ''it is necessary to start purposeful dialogue to solve the Kashmir affair in order to have peace in south Asia. - PTI


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