November 2003 News

Hurriyat Appeals For Cease-fire

14 November 2003
The Statesman

New Delhi: The All Party Hurriyat Conference today appealed to militants and security forces for cease-fire in Kashmir to create a conducive atmosphere for the proposed dialogue process. 'New Delhi should act as big brother and initiate the process. The Centre has a responsibility because it is mature and has a big heart. And militants also should fall in line, and declare and respect the truce,' the Hurriyat Conference chairman, Moulana Mohammad Abbaas Ansari, said in Srinagar today. The moulana said New Delhi should also take steps that can form the basis for the proposed negotiations. 'We cannot talk in isolation. Centre should take steps to prove its sincerity. For that they shall have to recognise that Kashmir is a disputed issue.' Asserting that only peaceful negotiations with all parties concerned can bring peace to the troubled state, Ansari said the Hurriyat believes that the gun played its role in highlighting the Kashmir issue. He also stated that Pakistan is an important party in the dispute and it is necessary that New Delhi should involve Islamabad in talks. On Russia's stand that Pakistan should dismantle terrorist infrastructure and stop cross-border terrorism before talks start between the two countries, Ansari said, this issue can also be settled during talks. Ansari attached little importance to the joint communique signed by Prime Minister Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee and Russian President Mr Vladimir Putin. He said Russians and Chinese are rattled by the Indo-American military exercises in Leh, and in that backdrop the communique is just a face-saving exercise.


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