Mirwaiz, Geelani Welcome Ban Ki-moon's Kashmir Statement, Says To Do More

Mirwaiz, Geelani Welcome Ban Ki-moon's Kashmir Statement, Says To Do More

28 April 2012
The Hindustan Times
Peerzada Ashiq

Srinagar: Moderate and hardline separatists sounded buoyed on Saturday following United Nations’ secretary general Ban Ki-moon’s Kashmir statement, where he asking India and Pakistan to resolve the problem peacefully and respect wills of the people. Welcoming Ban’s statement made in Delhi on Friday, hardline Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani said, “The UN needs to take realistic steps to implement all resolutions passed by it on Kashmir and resolve the problem as per aspirations of people.” Ban, who is in Delhi on a three-day official visit, expressed satisfaction on Saturday over improving ties between India and Pakistan. “I realize there are many outstanding issues but I encourage leaders of both the countries to persist with these efforts… I hope this issue (Kashmir) is addressed peacefully without violence and respecting wills of the people there (Kashmir,” Ban told reporters. Separatists are touting the statement as shot in the arm. “Kashmir besides being an international dispute is also a human problem. It’s moral and constitutional responsibility of the international community to resolve the problem,” said 83-year-old Geelani. The hardline Hurriyat chairman also sought “removal of hurdles in implantation of the UN resolutions”. Moderate Hurriyat chairman also welcomed Ban’s statement and urged him “to fulfill moral responsibility by working on just and long lasting solution of the dispute”. “The UN should waste no time in implementing resolutions passed on Kashmir. People of Kashmir are suffering for the past several decades. Unfortunately, Kashmir related resolution are kept in cold storage,” said the Mirwaiz adding, “Being head of the UN, Ban Ki-moon should good offices and prevail upon India and Pakistan to start meaningful and result-oriented dialogue process.”