Ceasefire violations should not hijack Indo-Pak dialogue: Omar

Last Updated: Thursday, January 28, 2010 - 21:00

Jammu: Terming the ceasefire violations
by Pakistan as a matter of concern, Jammu and Kashmir Chief
Minister Omar Abdullah called for resumption of Indo-Pak
dialogue to resolve the Kashmir issue, saying such "violations
should not be allowed to hijack the talk process" on Thursday.

"Ceasefire violations are a matter of concern. But
these should not allowed to hijack the Indo-Pak dialogue
process," Abdullah told reporters after the conclusion of
the 9th state-level departmental Vigilance officers conference.
Advocating the resumption of dialogue between India
and Pakistan, he said, "dialogue process is the only way
forward for solving the problem.

"Despite three wars between the two countries and the
state passing through 20 years of violent turmoil, the problem
has not been solved ... we are nowhere near a solution on
Kashmir as of today."

"Every problem can be solved and settled on the table
through process of dialogue and not through violent methods,
that`s why I am in favour of talks," he said.

"Even when we have talks, initially we might fail. We
should not be disheartened by failure and should carry on
dialogue. Talks are only way to solve the issue. I do not
think guns can get us to a solution," he added.

He said people of both nations wanted peace but
certain forces in Pakistan are against friendship. He also
asked separatists to come forward to the negotiating table.


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First Published: Thursday, January 28, 2010 - 21:00

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