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Omar renews appeal to separatists to talk to interlocutors

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah renewed his appeal to separatists to be part of the process of "political engagement" in the state and come forward to hold talks with central interlocutors.

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister
Omar Abdullah on Wednesday renewed his appeal to separatists to be
part of the process of "political engagement" in the state and
come forward to hold talks with central interlocutors.

"They (separatists) should come forward for talks with
interlocutors. There is no need for them to surrender, no need
to sign any documents (to hold talks with interlocutors)",
Omar told the state Legislative Assembly.

Winding up the discussion on demands for grants for his
departments, Omar said "you (separatists) have not to sign any
agreement or paper. Come forward and hold talks. If you can
freely say outside about Azadi, merger with Pakistan,
Plebiscite, they should tell it to the interlocutors".

"They (interlocutors) have never said that they are
not ready to listen to them. They have not laid any
pre-condition", he said adding it (separatists point of view)
would be registered in their report once they meet them and
Centre will have to look over it.

Referring to the situation in the state, Omar said
"Jammu and Kashmir should be engaged politically. It is a
political society in the state which talks of their demands in
Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh".

"I presented this point of view before Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi. We are not
thankless people. We get full benefit of the packages but the
basic issue of Jammu and Kashmir is political in nature."

The Chief Minister said that there can be different
basis for governnace--like Autonomy, Self-Rule, 1975
Sheikh-Indira Accord, Constituent Assembly, Abrogation of
Article 370, but it is all political in nature.

"That is why Interlocutors were appointed and talks
were held," he said adding "I want one time settlement and not
in piece meal. If it happens, it will be better for the
people of the state".

Referring to the interlocutors, he said "I request
Interlocutors that there is no need to go to press. You have
been placed as a bridge for undertaking political dialogue.
Please do it".

On efforts for a Kashmir solution, he said it should
be acceptable to all sections and regions of the people
of the state. "All sections and regions ideologies has to be
kept in mind. It will not work if we think the solution should
be Jammu, Ladakh or Kashmir centric", he said.

"I always say that the solution should be accepted to
most of the people. It cannot be accepted by all (100 percent
people) of the state. Such situation could not be created
during the Sheikh Abdullah`s government and it cannot even be
thought of now", he said.

Referring to the healing touch policy, he said that
600 families (of the kin of youth who have crossed over to
Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) and Pakistan) have given their
applications to the state government. "We have processed 25
applications so far in order to facilitate return of the
cross-border youth back to their families in J&K," he said.


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