May 2006 News

Second Roundtable On Kashmir Begins From Tomorrow

23 May 2006

New Delhi: The second roundtable on Kashmir convened by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh from tomorrow in Srinagar is expected to evolve a mechanism through sub-groups to address specific issues like security, economic development, human rights and cross-LoC travel and trade. The two-day conclave is being held in the backdrop of separatist groups' decision to boycott it with Hurriyat Conference seeking a separate meeting with the Prime Minister, a suggestion rejected by the government. Government feels that the decision by separatist groups, including two factions of Hurriyat Conference, JKLF and Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party of Shabir Shah, not to attend the meet will not affect the outcome of the meet. The government also made it clear that the Prime Minister will not meet any group separately during his stay in Srinagar as sought by Hurriyat conference. 'There is no need for the Prime Minister to have separate meetings with any specific group when he is willing to meet all groups and all political parties at the conclave,' Prime Minister's Media Adviser Sanjaya Baru told PTI here today. The conference, to be attended by representatives of various sections of the society of Jammu and Kashmir, will provide an appropriate forum for them to air their views directly to the Prime Minister.


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