APHC launches fresh diplomatic drive
19 March 2001
The Indian Express
New Delhi: Stung by endorsement of India's stand internationally and isolation of Pakistan on the Kashmir issue, Hurriyat Conference has begun a fresh "diplomatic drive" to gain the lost ground by meeting diplomatic corps of various countries. A three-member delegation of the conglomerate headed by its chairman Abdul Gani Bhat today met Iranian ambassador Mohammed Al-Mosuvi and discussed the present political situation in the Valley with him for over an hour. According to a statement issued by Hurriyat's office based here, the delegation briefed him about the situation arising out of denial of travel documents to the conglomerate by the Centre for visit to Pakistan. Besides Bhat, the delegation comprised Abdul Gani Lone and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, the statement said. The Hurriyat delegation also met the south east representative of the United Kingdom last evening and apprised him of the situation in the state. The Hurriyat statement said that contacts had also been established with missions of other countries like the United States, France, Japan and European Union members and meetings was with their representatives were likely to take place soon. The move comes close on the heels of the Hurriyat leadership getting a rude shock from the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, who said in Islamabad that Kashmir issue should be solved in accordance with the Lahore declaration and that there was no role for any third party.