March 2001 News

Be practical APHC advises Govt

22 March 2001
The Indian Express

New Delhi: Hurriyat Conference today said that the ceasefire announced by the Centre was not an end in itself and has to be followed by "practical steps" to consolidate the peace process. Conveying this to the outgoing ambassador of the United States Richard Celeste during an hour-long meeting with him, a delegation of Hurriyat Conference led by its chairman Abdul Gani Bhat said the "delaying tactics" of the Centre in issuing passports to the conglomerate's delegation for visit to Pakistan was also discussed. "We discussed the entire range of issues including the unilateral ceasefire and our proposed visit to Pakistan," Bhat told PTI here. He said the delegation made it clear that the Centre was not honouring its commitment in observance of peace process, which needs to be consolidated with some follow up actions. "Ceasefire in itself is not an end to the vexed Kashmir issue but means to find an end, which is yet to be spelt out by the Government," Bhat said. He said that Celeste assured them that he would convey their feelings to the American establishment. Besides Bhat, the delegation comprised former chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and senior executive leader Abdul Gani Lone.

 

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