J&K CM says violence can''t derail moves for dialogue
25 November 2002
The Hindustan Times
Srinagar: Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed vowed on Monday to press ahead with dialogue to end years of violence despite a weekend of attacks that left more than 50 people dead. ''No amount of violence can derail the process of dialogue,'' Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed said in a statement, after the deadliest violence since he took power on November 2. ''I will strive for a serious dialogue between New Delhi and the elected representatives and other sections in the State.'' ''Enough blood has been spilled in the past 13 years and now is the time to have serious and meaningful deliberations to address the problem,'' he said. Sayeed has pledged to bring a ''healing touch'' to wind down the Jammu and Kashmir insurgency. He has proposed to disband the counter-insurgency police, who are accused of human rights violations, and to release political prisoners. ''The task ahead of us is stupendous and the challenges enormous but our determination is equally strong,'' said Sayeed.