December 2003 News

Making LoC the border won't resolve J&K issue: Geelani

30 December 2003
The Hindustan Times
Press Trust of India

Srinagar: Converting the Line of Control (LoC) into an international border between India and Pakistan cannot be a permanent solution to the Kashmir issue, hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani said on Tuesday.The dispute would only be resolved by implementing UN resolutions - that call for a plebiscite in the region - or through talks between India, Pakistan and Kashmiri representatives 'guided by their principles', said Geelani, who leads a rebel faction of the Hurriyat Conference - an amalgam of separatist parties.'Raising slogans for opening of Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road and internal autonomy, or conversion of LoC into international border will resolve the Kashmir issue,' Geelani said after releasing a book, The Prolonged Agony: Kashmir Saga, written by Abdul Majid Mattoo.He said the Hurriyat Constitution has mentioned in clear terms that the Kashmir issue can be resolved only by implementing UN resolutions or tripartite talks guided by the resolutions.'The units of Hurriyat Conference should talk within the ambit of the conglomerate's constitution and a solution emerging out of it shall be acceptable to all of us,' he said.He lambasted the Ansari-led faction for not functioning within the ambit of the Hurriyat constitution as its constituent, People's Conference, had actively participated in last year's assembly polls without being penalised for it.


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