Cong Welcomes Amarnath Row Settlement

1 September 2008

New Delhi: The Congress today welcomed the agreement reached between Jammu and Kashmir government and the group that led the agitation in Jammu over Amarnath land transfer and said all efforts should be made to ensure there is no sense of alienation among the people in any part of the state. 'We welcome the agreement...The state and central government should ensure that there is no sense of alienation in the people,' Congress spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan told reporters here. She said the major parties have welcomed the settlement and hoped that the people in Jammu and Kashmir will join the development process and the strengthening of the secular fabric. 'We call upon all the stakeholders to implement the settlement,' Natarajan said. She said people from both Jammu and the valley have suffered in the agitation and asked for compensation for them. Asked about the rejection of the agreement by Congress' erstwhile ally PDP and its allegation that it was unilateral, Natarajan said, 'it is not unilateral. All parties have been consulted and the Prime Minister invited all parties in the talks'.