Govt to soon announce Kashmir talks interlocutors

The Centre is trying to finalise interlocutors for holding talks with all shades of opinion in J&K.

Last Updated: Oct 01, 2010, 14:59 PM IST

New Delhi: The Centre is trying to finalise interlocutors for holding talks with all shades of opinion in Jammu and Kashmir "very early" but refused to give any deadline for the same.

Union Home Minister P Chidambaram said the visit of the all-party delegation to the state on September 21 and 22 was the highlight of his ministry last month.

"Upon its return, after consulting members of the delegation who were available in Delhi, I submitted a report to the Prime Minister (Manmohan Singh)...later the CCS considered the report and approved the eight-point plan", he said.

The plan included appointment of interlocutors for holding talks with all shades of opinion in Kashmir.

To a question when the appointment will be done, Chidambaram said, "That will be done... Can`t give you a time limit. Our intentions is to do it very early."

Asked whether the interlocutors will be politicians, he said "can`t disclose now. When it will be decided, you will know."

On September 25, under a major 8-point initiative to address the unrest in the Kashmir valley, the Centre had declared that a group of interlocutors will be appointed to
hold a "sustained dialogue" with various shades of opinion.

The group of interlocutors under the chairmanship of an eminent person will begin the process of dialogue with all sections of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, including
political parties, groups, youth and student organisations, civil society organisations and other stake holders.

Minister of State in the PMO Prithviraj Chavan said the names of the interlocutors will be announced in "due time".

"It is being thought of. It is the part of ongoing process. It cannot be done in just one day," he said.

He was talking to reporters on the sidelines of a programme organised on the occasion of international day of older persons here.

Asked whether interlocutors would represent any political organisation, he said, "Just wait for the names to be announced till we will know who they are."

PTI