Situation Not Fit For Talks: Mirwaiz13 March 2011
Srinagar: Terming Kashmir as a political issue which has to be resolved through peaceful negotiations, Hurriyat (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Sunday stressed on the need to create a conducive atmosphere for dialogue. Addressing a seminar, “Defending the Will of the People” during the current session of United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Mirwaiz said, “The most tragic aspect of the present situation is the Indian government’s refusal to recognize the internationally mandated status of Jammu and Kashmir as a dispute.” “India will get nowhere by explaining away Kashmir as a terrorism problem created by Pakistan and the forces of Islamic fundamentalism. Kashmir issue will not go away simply because the movement in the valley is a popular, indigenous and non-violent one,” he added. Mirwaiz said Hurriyat’s objective is to determine a peaceful and lasting solution to the conflict through dialogue, with the participation of India, Pakistan and the leadership of people of Jammu and Kashmir. “The view of Hurriyat (M) is one of inclusion. It believes that there is nothing to be gained by isolating groups with varying opinions including minorities,” he said. Stating that peace process between India and Pakistan, and killings in Kashmir cannot go together, Mirwaiz referred to his party’s proposal for making a congenial atmosphere in this regard. The Hurriyat (M) chief also called for international help in persuading India and Pakistan to resolve Kashmir. “The experience of last 63 years proves that all bilateral talks failed because the Kashmiri people were never party to these talks. The time has come that the talks need to be tripartite between India, Pakistan and the Kashmiri leadership,” he said. The seminar was moderated by Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai, Executive Director, Kashmiri-American Council. Speaking on the occasion, Fai said ‘the will of the people’ must prevail in all international situations. “Even the United Nations promised the people a referendum to decide their future but which have not yet been carried out,” he said. He quoted the Article 21 - 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states, “The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government.” Fai referred to United Nations Security Council resolution number 47 of 1948 which says that the future of Kashmir must be decided in accordance with the wishes and the will of the people. He said while as the latest uprising in Egypt and Kashmir were both popular and non-violent but there was a clear distinction between the two situations. “The armed forces in Egypt sided with the people where as the military in Kashmir use the brute force to crush the genuine legitimate aspirations of the people of Kashmir for freedom and self-determination,” Fai said. Those other speakers included: Dr. Karen Parker, IED Delegate to the United Nations; Dr. Ahmed Abdellatti, IIFSO, Secretary General; Mohammad Abdel Wahid Ghanem, Exiled Leader, Egypt; Dr. Waleed Albanany, Al-Nahda Movement, Tunisia; Loghman Ahmadi, Congress of Nationalities for the Federated Iran; Amjad Yousuf, Kashmir Institute of International Relations; Dr. Ayman Ahmed Ali, Egypt; Ali S. Khan, Executive Director, Kashmiri Scandinavian Council, Norway and Barrister Majid Tramboo, Executive Director, Kashmir Center, Brussels.