Govt To Engage All Groups In Kashmir Dialogue:PM

25 October 2009

Cha-Am Hua Hin: Ahead of his visit to Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said the government would like to engage some political groups who are outside the mainstream in a 'constructive dialogue' in the state, an apparent reference to separatists. He also made it clear that as far as negotiations with any separatist groups is concerned his specific purpose is not to start negotiations or to engage 'in negotiations myself'. 'I have always maintained that it is our sincere desire to engage all sections of political opinion in Jammu and Kashmir to find practical, pragmatic solutions to the problems facing the state,' he told reporters here. He said 'I recognise that there are some political groups who are outside the main-stream. We would like them also to engage in a constructive dialogue with us,' he said.