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Mirwaiz hopeful about talks with PM
Onkar Singh in New Delhi | April 27, 2006 16:12 IST
Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, chairman of the All Party Hurriyat Conference has said he feels encouraged by the statement coming from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in which he gives importance to the dialogue between Hurriyat conference and the government of India.
Speaking to rediff.com over phone from Srinagar he said that the APHC has not yet got any formal invitation for meeting with the PM in New Delhi.
"I have heard that a meeting is likely to take place between Hurriyat and the PM after 7 months. It is a welcome move because we want to take the three way dialogue forward. Talks between government and separatists really matter," he said adding, "We can't be part of the crowd."
Mirwaiz returned to New Delhi after cutting short his visit to UK to consult his colleagues on the talks with the PM.
According to sources in the prime minister's office, the meeting is likely to take place in the first week of May. Dr Singh would be visiting Srinagar in the last week of May to hold the second round of talks.