No intention to play mediator: APHC
8 March 2001
The Indian Express
Srinagar: A day after the Centre ruled out any mediatory role for the Hurriyat Conference between India and Pakistan, the conglomerate of separatist groups today said it had no such intention and asserted that it would not share a platform with "pro-india" political parties in any talks with the centre to resolve the Kashmir issue. "People of Kashmir are the primary party to the Kashmir issue like India and Pakistan and we have no intention or interest to play the role of a mediator," senior Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar farooq told PTI in Srinagar. He added that the proposed Pakistan visit by a Hurriyat delegation was to carry forward the peace process. The Hurriyat leadership would meet shortly to "discuss and react" to the statement by Union Home Minister, L K Advani ruling out any mediatory role for the separatist conglomerate, another Hurriyat leader Abdul Ghani Lone said. Stating that the centre should "Admit and accept people of Kashmir as a party to the issue in accordance with the historical facts," the mirwaiz said it should "Initiate sincere and positive steps aimed at resolving the issue." Reacting to Advani's remark that the centre proposed to hold talks with all parties, including the Hurriyat, he said the "Hurriyat will not share the platform with pro-India parties like the ruling National Conference and Congress as they have no problem with the Centre. "If there is any problem it is between the pro-movement parties like Hurriyat and talks should be held with the leadership of the Hurriyat which is the representative body of the people of Kashmir."