March 2003 News

Clinton formula becomes serious debate in Hurriyat

4 March 2003
News Network International

SRINAGAR: Referring to the former American president Bill Clinton's suggestion to resolve Kashmir issue on Irish model, the Hurriyat Conference Monday said it would dispatch a letter to Clinton asking him to take up the role of a mediator for the final settlement of Kashmir issue. Hurriyat Conference is also sending a high-level delegation to New Delhi next week to meet foreign diplomats in order to persuade them to play a role in the resolution of Kashmir issue. The 24-party alliance is meeting on Wednesday to discuss the suggestions of Bill Clinton and formulate a comprehensive policy for the reaction of the issue. Former Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said Clinton's suggestion has once again vindicated their stand and put the focus right back on Kashmir issue, which has been described as the most dangerous region in the world by former US president. 'New Delhi projected the recently held elections as a solution to Kashmir issue. It had given an impression that Kashmiris have elected their government for the redressal of their problems. But Clinton's remarks at this point has poured cold water on Centre's policy. And once again global community has realized the perils of Kashmir conflict which can spill over to a war', he said. Mirwaiz said former American president's suggestion is worth consideration. 'We would discuss it in our meeting slated on Wednesday. This is a good suggestion and we should work on it. The Irish problem is more alike Kashmir. And all the Hurriyat leaders should give a thought to this suggestion', he said, as quoted by the Kashmir Times. Mirwaiz said another former US president Jimmy Carter was also ready to help in the resolution of Kashmir issue. He said some members of Carter Institute were trying to visit Kashmir to take on spot view of the situation, but their visit did not materialize. Mirwaiz said the Hurriet Conference will launch a major diplomatic exercise to press for a dialogue for the resolution of Kashmir issue. He said the leaders would visit New Delhi and meet ambassadors and high commissioners there to press for the early resolution of Kashmir issue. The chief priest of Kashmir also noted that New Delhi should now shun the rigidity and try to give a thought to Bill Clinton's suggestion for the resolution of Kashmir dispute, which can prove to be very dangerous for the world.


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