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August 23, 2000
Cease-fire a temporary solution, says Bhat: PTI
Sumir Kaul in New Delhi
The Hurriyat Conference on Wednesday said the Kashmir issue could be resolved only by tripartite talks between India, Pakistan and representatives of the valley and a cease-fire by any individual outfit would at best yield a "temporary solution".
"Talks among the three parties have to take place and there is no alternativet. The cease-fire offer has to come from Pakistan, India and the people of Kashmir," newly-elected Hurriyat Conference chairman Abdul Gani Bhat told PTI in New Delhi.
Bhat, who is in the capital, said such a solution would bring ever-lasting peace in the region and attempts of any other nature would only mislead the people "as well as make a fool of one who made it."
Stressing early talks between India and Pakistan, Bhat said, "If New Delhi accuses Islamabad of engaging in cross-border terrorism, then it is all the more necessary to talk to them."
He said that instead of "building castles in air" India should put its act together and "work constructively" and engage in dialogue with Pakistan.
On his proposal for bifurcating Hurriyat's executive for holding talks with India and Pakistan, Bhat said, "This is my idea to break the deadlock in Kashmir."
"But this issue is yet to be ratified by the executive body of the Hurriyat Conference and until they endorse my idea, nothing can be said on it," Bhat said.
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