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Centre's decision to talk to Hurriyat should have come earlier: Ram Jethmalani

October 23, 2003 02:11 IST

Kashmir Committee chairman Ram Jethmalani on Wednesday said the Centre's decision that Deputy Prime Minister Lal Kishenchand Advani would hold talks with the Hurriyat Conference should have come a year earlier.

"But better late than never. I think it is a useful step. I hope it will be properly exploited,' he told reporters in Delhi.

Jethmalani said he had misgivings about Advani's earlier stand of opposing talks with the Hurriyat, a stand which has "diluted" the people's confidence in 'the Centre's sincerity about dialogue'.

"I hope and pray he will go out of his way to restore that confidence," he added.

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