Delay in talks due to differences among Hurriyat leaders: Govt
4 August 2004
The Daily Excelsior
Daily Excelsior Correspondent
New Delhi: The Government today said the 'delay' in the resumption of talks with the Hurriyat Conference was due to 'inner conflicts' among its leaders. 'Since the new UPA Government assumed office, there have been differences among the Hurriyat leaders. And we are still awaiting for their response,' Minister of State for Home S Jaiswal told reporters here. He was replying to question on the 'delay' in resumption of dialogue since the New Government has assumed charge. Asked if the Hurriyat have conveyed their response to the Central Government’s proposal to continue dialogue process, the minister said 'we are yet to receive any response from their side.' Jaiswal, who will be paying a three-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir from August 9, said he would go to the Line of Control to review the border fencing work, besides visiting migrant relief camps in Jammu. 'I would like to see the conditions in relief camps and also find out whether the funds allocated by the Home Ministry were properly utilised,' he said. During his stay, Jaiswal would also be meeting State Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed and other senior officials.