Dialogue With Delhi : Moderate Separatists Divided Over PM’s Offer

3 November 2009
Rising Kashmir
Hakeem Irfan

Srinagar: Serious differences have cropped up in Hurriyat (M) over the agenda for dialogue with New Delhi Delhi. The two-day general council meeting of the conglomerate remained inconclusive on Tuesday and will resume on Thursday. Sources said heated arguments took place among the Hurriyat (M) leaders over the agenda for dialogue process with New Delhi during the general council meeting on Tuesday. “Discussion on framing the policy and agenda for dialogue and Hurriyat restructuring dominated the meeting. The two-day meeting remained inconclusive due to difference of thoughts over the issues. No consensus could be reached,” a Hurriyat (M) insider told Rising Kashmir. According to sources, ‘Hurriyat constitution of 1993’, June 2008 agreement between the two Hurriyat factions and ‘bilateral dialogue process’ was discussed during the meeting. Admitting differences among the conglomerate members, Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said, “There are always different points of view. However we are yet to formulate any final strategy. But we all agree that dialogue is necessary and needs to be started.” Stating that dialogue with Delhi is not bilateral, he said, “I stand by 2008 agreement and our base for the dialogue is always right to self determination. We can achieve anything only after talks. Dialogue with New Delhi is not bilateral but triangular. We will immediately be talking to Pakistan as well. I believe triangular dialogue will lead to tripartite talks.” Mirwaiz said the meeting favoured speeding up of diplomatic efforts of Hurriyat in Brussels, London, New York, Jeddah and other places to mobilize the international opinion vis-a-vis the Kashmir issue. “The meeting will resume on Thursday. The executive council, general council and working committee will be part of the meeting on Thursday,” he added.