All-party meet may discuss J and K interlocutors’ report,says PC

All-party meet may discuss J and K interlocutors’ report,says PC

The team of interlocutors on Jammu and Kashmir is now expected to attend ‘workshops’

The team of interlocutors on Jammu and Kashmir,whose report was recently made public,is now expected to attend ‘workshops’ across the country to initiate a “serious and informed” debate on the issues that it has brought forth in its report,Home Minister P Chidambaram said on Thursday.

Chidambaram said the three interlocutors — Dileep Padgaonkar,Radha Kumar and M M Ansari — will act as “resource persons” and be available to facilitate a healthy debate. This would be followed by a possible all-party meeting to discuss the interlocutors’ report and all other issues related to Jammu and Kashmir.

“I think,at some point of time,we will have to call an all-party meeting to discuss the report. The parties,in the meanwhile,would have made internal assessment of the report and formed their views on it. This is an important matter and I think we should approach it with a great degree of seriousness so that there is a genuine and informed debate on the subject,” Chidambaram told reporters. He said the government itself had not yet formed any view on the report.

“Each one of us is a prisoner of the past. We should release ourselves from the past and genuinely participate in the debate. When the debate takes place,I am sure,different views will be expressed on the proposal (made in the report) to constitute a Constitutional Committee,” he said.


The Home Minister said Myanmar,which was recently visited by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,had given encouraging response to New Delhi’s requests not to allow its territory to be used for anti-India activities. He said Manmohan Singh’s visit to the country was “very fruitful” from the security point of view,though Myanmar was still to initiate the “follow-up steps”.

“Our concerns regarding Myanmar are two fold — first,New Delhi does not want any part of Myanmar territory to be used as camps by northeast insurgent groups. Secondly,if the government of Myanmar is able to apprehend any of the insurgent leaders,we would like them to be handed over to India. We have made these requests… we will have to wait and see what action is taken on the ground,” he said.