Chidambaram Says Talks with Kashmiri Separatists at Appropriate Time

Union Home P Chidambaram has said that the centre government will restart the stuck dialogue with separatists groups in Kashmir when an “appropriate time” comes.

The minister, at the end of his two-day visit to Srinagar, told media persons that everybody knows political issues involved in Jammu and Kashmir that demand dialogue, which, he added,  would be held at an appropriate time.

The centre government’s talks with the separatist groups were held up in 2004 when a moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference headed by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq held a round of conversation with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The dialogue has not resumed since.

As the government convened several round table conferences to discuss the issue, separatists boycotted the same on the plea that they will not join “all and sundry”.

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