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My role has not changed: Vohra
October 22, 2003 21:00 IST
Centre's representative on Jammu and Kashmir, N N Vohra, believes that Deputy Prime Minister Lal Kishenchand Advani holding talks with the Hurriyat Conference will not in any way change his role in the Valley.
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"I don't think it is necessary to redefine my role. I am still here," Vohra told reporters after a 20-minute meeting with Advani.
Vohra's Kashmir mission had failed to take off after the Hurriyat's refusal to talk to him. He did hold parleys with a few small groups, but nothing that could contribute significantly towards solving the Kashmir problem.
Just a few days back Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed had suggested that Vohra make way for a senior minister to take the process of normalisation in in the state forward.
Vohra said he would be part of the parleys between Advani and the Hurriyat.
When pointed out that it would be only a part of the Hurriyat that the government will be talking to as the separatist amalgam has split into two factions, Vohra said: "We are talking to Hurriyat as it exists today."
On the agenda of the talks, he said: "They will come out with what they have in mind...after that we will respond to it...this will set the agenda."
He said no dates for a meeting between Advani and Ansari have been finalised yet.