Interlocutors ready to meet separatists anywhere

Centre`s interlocutors on Jammu and Kashmir today said they are ready to meet Hurriyat and other separatist leaders anywhere for political resolution of the Kashmir problem.

Last Updated: Jan 19, 2011, 21:23 PM IST

Jammu: Centre`s interlocutors on Jammu
and Kashmir today said they are ready to meet Hurriyat and
other separatist leaders anywhere for political resolution of
the Kashmir problem.

They said they had already written to the separatists
to send them documents regarding their stand on the Kashmir
issue.

"Tomorrow if the separatists want to talk to us, we
have no hesistation in going to the place they wish us to go
for a dialogue," Dileep Padgaonkar, head of the 3-member team,
told reporters here.

"We do not stand on ego. We can go and meet people
anywhere," the veteran journalist said winding up the Jammu
leg of the team`s fourth visit to the state.

"We have met leaders of BJP and Panthers Party in
their offices and discussed in detail the suggestions made by
them," Padgoankar said.

"We have formally written to the Hurriyat Conference
and other separatists requesting them to send us the published
documents on their declared stand on the issue," he said.

"At the moment there are four documents -- PDP`s
self-rule, NC`s greater autonomy, Peoples Conference`s
nationhood and one more from the Awami National Conference --
with us," Padgaonkar said.

"We have been examining these documents. We are
trying to find out areas of convergence and differences," he
said.

"Our aim is to narrow down the differences,"
Padgaonkar said before the Central team left for the Valley.

Yesterday the team, which includes academician
Radha Kumar and former Information Commissioner M M Ansari,
met political leaders, NGOs, academicians and intellectuals in
Jammu region.

The panel is expected to submit the final roadmap
for resolution of the Kashmir problem to the Centre next
month.

It has already submitted a number of recommendations
to the Union government including allowing peaceful protests
and release of protesters against whom there are no serious
charges.

PTI