Hurriyat leaders to meet US Congress team on May 23
11 May 2001
The Hindustan Times
New Delhi: A meeting between top leaders of the All Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC) and a United States Congress delegation has been scheduled here on May 23. Senior APHC leader Mirwaiz Omar Farooq, who heads its "diplomatic" wing, said tonight that the invitation from the US Embassy in New Delhi regarding the talks was received last week. A US Embassy spokesman, when contacted, could not immediately confirm the development. However, Mirwaiz Farooq told the Hindustan Times from Srinagar that a 16-member group of Congress representatives would be in the Capital for the talks. The APHC would be firming up its own delegation for the talks in a few days, he added. Sources said the US Congress delegation would have a first-hand account of the APHC leadership's version of events in Jammu and Kashmir over the past five months of "ceasefire". The Hurriyat leaders would seize the chance to explain their reasons for insisting on a visit to Pakistan and drawing Islamabad into the peace process initiated by the Vajpayee government.