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Again, no separatists at J&K talks


Mufti Islah,CNN-IBN
Jun 19, 2007 at 10:52am IST

Srinagar: The third round table conference on Kashmir due to start on Tuesday in New Delhi won't be attended by most separatist parties, including the All Party Hurriyat Conference.

Separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani says fruitful dialogue can take place only if Kashmir is accepted as a disputed territory.

“Since 1947, more than 130 dialogues have taken place. The basic concept of these conferences or dialogues are that they are not taking into considerations the basic point as far as Kashmir dispute is concerned,” said Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

Even moderate separatists say they will participate in the round table only if leadership from Pakistan occupied Kashmir is invited.

“It is like inviting your own people and discussing it with those people whom you are in agreement with. Talk to separatists and militants and get them on board and only then it would be a genuine movement,” said Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.

“In Nagaland, they only talk to Issac and Moiveh and not the CM,” Yasin Malik of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front.

The National Conference is likely to push its pet proposal of autonomy in the conference, while the PDP will want to hear about the progress made on troop cuts in the valley.

Separatists have decided not to attend the round table conference and this means that you have the Centre holding one opinion, and the separatists holding the complete opposite, which isn't good news for New Delhi.

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