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Updated: December 2, 2009 19:17 IST

Any formula arrived at quiet parleys not acceptable: Geelani

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A file picture of separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, addressing a press conference in Srinagar. Photo: AP.
AP A file picture of separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, addressing a press conference in Srinagar. Photo: AP.

Separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, today said any formula arrived at during the on-going

“quiet dialogue” on Kashmir would not be acceptable to people even it had the patronage of Pakistan or the United States.

The only solution to the lingering Kashmir issue lay in implementation of the UN resolutions, he told a gathering at an ‘Eid Milan’ function here.

“We will not be part of any sell out on Kashmir,” the chairman of the hardline faction of the Hurriyat Conference said.

“Any formula arrived at during the on-going secret talks will not be acceptable to majority of the people even if that has the patronage or blessings of Pakistan,” he said.

On Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s remarks that the talks between the Centre and the separatists should be held sans the hardline leader, Mr. Geelani said “it is a matter of pride for me to be excluded from any sell out on Kashmir.”

“Conscious and civilised people will not accept any formula which is against our basic stand, even if it has the blessings of America,” he said.

The Hurriyat hawk reiterated his stand that the only solution to the Kashmir issue lay in implementation of the United Nations resolutions.

Mr. Geelani said bilateral talks between India and Pakistan and between Kashmiri leaders and New Delhi had taken place 130 times, but these had proved futile.

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