PM To Hold Talks With Various Sections Of People: Sayeed
15 July 2005
The Hindustan Times
Jammu: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would soon hold talks with various sections of people in Jammu and Kashmir, including the Hurriyat Conference, state Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has said. 'The UPA government has made it clear that the doors for talks were open for all. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would soon hold talks with all sections of people in Jammu and Kashmir including Hurriyat Conference', Sayeed said while addressing public meetings at Mahoo- Mangat, Ramban, Chinta and Chatroo areas in Doda district on Thursday. The Centre is committed to holding talks with various groups and the offer of unconditional dialogue made by the Prime Minister stands, he was quoted as saying in an official release. The Umer Farooq led Hurriyat Conference has shown keenness in holding talks with the Centre, Sayeed said, adding he was hopeful that these would be held soon. He said dialogue was the only option to address problems but any solution must be acceptable to all three regions of Jammu and Kashmir. Stressing that there was no alternative to peace, he asked the people to guard the atmosphere of reconciliation generated in the state after efforts of the state and the Central Governments and the people of the state. Dismissing allegations of corruption in the state administration as 'propaganda', Sayeed said his Government accorded top priority to its eradication. Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Urban Development Ghulam Nabi Azad said peace was imperative for speedy implementation of development programmes and the Centre was taking keen interest in the state's progress.