April 2007 News

Azad wants Hurriyat to join roundtable

14 April 2007
The Hindu
Special Correspondent

Srinagar: It will be in the interest of the people of Jammu and Kashmir if the separatist Hurriyat Conference joins the third round-table conference to be held in New Delhi on April 24, Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad told reporters here on Saturday. 'The discussions at the meetings of working groups [on J & K] would be placed before the conference for further deliberations and it will be good if all parties take part.' The roundtable was a good opportunity to find a solution to the problems confronting people. Salahuddin will not be invited To a question about involving Hizb-ul-Mujahideen chief Salahuddin in talks, as demanded by National Conference president Omar Abdullah, Mr. Azad said, 'There is a clear policy not only here but also throughout the world that there cannot be a dialogue with those holding the gun.' Referring to the dialogue initiated by the National Democratic Alliance Government at the Centre with the Hizb- ul-Mujahideen in 2000, he said, 'You cannot have a dialogue with those whose faces are covered and you do not even know them. It was a blot.' Hurriyat decision soon Meanwhile, the moderate faction of the Hurriyat Conference has indicated that it will take a decision in a day or two about taking part in the roundtable.


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