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Interlocutors’ report without separatists` views

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 16:11

Jammu: Centre`s interlocutors on Jammu and
Kashmir on Wednesday said they will submit their final report,
suggesting solution to the political problems of the state, to
the Government of India without including separatists`
viewpoint if they do not come forward for talks.

"We have repeatedly said we are ready for talks, either
open or closed door, whenever and wherever they want. The
decision has to be taken by them (the separatists).

"However, if they don`t come forward we will still submit
our report on the basis of interactions we have had with
people from various walks of life," Dilip Padgaonkar, who is
heading the three-member team, told reporters here at the
conclusion of their 10th visit to J&K.

On whether they felt humiliated after the separatists
declined to meet them, he said, "We are not embarrassed. They
(separatists) too have constraints and compulsions. But they
alone can decide what and where to talk to us. As I said if
they come forward (for dialogue) it will enrich our report."

When asked to comment on moderate faction Hurriyat
Conference chairman Umar Farooq`s yesterday`s statement that
the dialogue process initiated by the Centre through the
Interlocutors is a farce, Padgaonkar said, "We do not want to
say anything on that. There are several processes going on...
There will be separate exercises...This is democracy."

The two other members of the team include social activist
Radha Kumar and former information commissioner M M Ansari.


First Published: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 16:11
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