January 2006 News

More Relevant People Should Be Included In Peace Talks, Lone

23 January 2006

Srinagar: Advocating a time frame for resolution of Kashmir issue, People's Conference Chairman Sajad Gani Lone today said the peace process should be made more exhaustive, by including more relevant persons and parties in talks. Role of Kashmiris should be supreme in resolution of Kashmir issue. The talk process should be exhaustive and more relevant persons and parties should be included, Lone told reporters here. He said the peace process should continue and its impact should be felt on the ground here. Referring to his meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Jan 14, this year, Lone said 'I came out of the Prime Minister's residence with a positive feeling... With a feeling that there is something achievable in the long term'. 'I do not claim to be the sole representative of people of Jammu and Kashmir and nobody else can do that. It is a big concept', he said. On the objections raised by moderate Hurriyat leaders to his invitation for talks, Lone said 'they are entitled to their views. I do not think the peace process is anybody's monopoly'. Asked if he was fielding any direct or proxy candidates in the forthcoming bypolls to three assembly segments in Baramulla district, Lone said 'I am going to be away for two to three months and I do not have a magic wand to field candidates from that far'.


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