February 2004 News

Kashmiri Leaders From Both Sides To Meet In London

5 February 2004
News Network International

London: Dr. Ayyub Thakur, President, World Kashmir Freedom Movement (WKFM) and associated organizations of WKFM at International level, are holding a meeting of Kashmiri political leaders from both sides of the cease-fire line on the 28th of February 2004 in London. It is crucial and necessary that Kashmiri political leaders representing all political opinions, regions and minorities should meet to create mutual trust among themselves and make a strong case for the participation as the prime party to the Kashmir conflict in future negotiations. The meeting will address Kashmiri concerns and how best to help the Kashmiri aspirations fully represented in the settlement of the Kashmiri issues. The meeting is being held in the light of the recent developments following the January 6th, 2004 joint India- Pakistan announcement with regard to resolving the Kashmir conflict. The Pakistan President as had a meeting with Kashmiri leaders from Azad Kashmir and the Indian Prime Minister, A. B. Vajpayee and the Indian Deputy Prime Minister, L.K. Advani met a group of Kashmiri leaders from Indian occupied Kashmir. It may be mentioned that Kashmiri people's concern has always been that in any settlement of the Kashmir conflict, the aspirations of the people of Kashmir must be duly met. The India-Pakistan joint statement, however, has talked about resolving the Kashmir issue to the satisfaction of both sides. The Kashmiri people hold that a settlement which does not meet the aspirations of the Kashmiri people is meaningless and unjust. 'We hope that this meeting will prove a water-shed in shaping the future of the Kashmiri people,' Dr Ayyub Thakur said.


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