Atmosphere in Valley not conducive for talks: Shabir

Claiming that the atmosphere in the Valley was not conducive for talks, separatist leader Shabir Ahmad Shah Wednesday ruled out meeting Central interlocutors on Kashmir.

Srinagar: Claiming that the atmosphere in
the Valley was not conducive for talks, separatist leader Shabir Ahmad Shah Wednesday ruled out meeting Central interlocutors on Kashmir.

"There has been no progress on demilitarisation,
release of detenues and prosecution of personnel involved in
last summer`s killings in Kashmir. In this atmosphere, holding
talks with the interlocutors is a futile exercise," Shah told
reporters here.

He said the three interlocutors have at various stages
admitted that there was a need for demilitarising the state,
releasing detenues and putting an end to the killings.

"But the ground situation continues to be the same," Shah said.
He said the separatist camp in Kashmir was not against
dialogue for resolution of the Kashmir issue but talks cannot
be held when harassment and intimidation of the people are
going on.

Welcoming the resumption of Indo-Pakistan talks, Shah,
however, said bilateral talks will not help in resolving the
Kashmir issue.
"Based on our experience, bilateral talks will not
help. Dialogue has to be tripartite where India and Pakistan
are parties to Kashmir issue but people of Jammu and Kashmir
are the basic party to the dispute," he said.

Shah said he would not hesitate to meet the
interlocutors if the atmosphere becomes conducive. "We want
resolution of Kashmir issue and dialogue is the only way but
that is possible only when there is change in the ground
situation," he added.

PTI

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