May 2004 News

Centre Assures APHC-A Of Honouring Promises Before 3rd Round Of Talks

11 May 2004
The Times of India

Srinagar: The centre has 'assured' Hurriyat Conference (A) that the talks process between the two would not be derailed and all promises including release of detainees and improving the human rights situation would be fulfilled by the time third round of dialogue starts in June. This was conveyed to Hurriyat Conference by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's point man on Kashmir and former RAW chief A.S.Daulat during his conversation with the separatist leaders here. Dulat was camping here for the last one week to finalize the modalities. During his stay he had an interaction with some separatist leaders here. Founder Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that Dulat had 'contacted' them and discussed several issues relating to Kashmir problem. 'We have already made it clear that we want peaceful and meaningful solution to the Kashmir issue. And that is why we have entered the talks. But we are waiting for the Lok Sabha results. We have been assured that the policy relating to talks will not change. During our conversation with A.S.Dulat, the latter has assured us that all the promises including release of detainees and improving human rights situation would be fulfilled. Dulat also told us by the time third round of talks, there will perceptible change on ground', said Mirwaiz. Founder Hurriyat chairman said that the government has already released three POTA detainees and four to five persons release is in the pipe line. 'Dulat has told us that they are reviewing the cases of all separatist leaders detained under POTA and other laws. We would release the separatist leaders by the time next round of talks starts. Similarly, he informed us that the guidelines have been issued to all the security agencies to respect the human rights of Kashmiris', he added. Founder Hurriyat chairman said if a new government assumes office at centre, it is up to them to decide whether they want to continue the process or not. 'Our stand is clear that we want solution to talks. For that we have put three suggestions that include unconditional dialogue, talks at highest level and visit to Pakistan to prepare ground for the final settlement of the issue. And if the new government accepts this we will have no hesitation in talking to them too', he said. Mirwaiz said that there are important events in store and that will guide them in the talks process. 'There is an Indo-Pak foreign secretary level talks in June. And this is an important event. And after that there will possibly be the third round of talks with center. Till then we are watching the situation closely', he said.


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