Thursday May 18, 2006, New Delhi: The search for a solution to the Kashmir issue should move away from entrenched positions in negotiations and include marginalized sections of the people of the region, a conference beginning today on the issue.
The discourse on Kashmir has so far been defined by those who resort to terrorism, their sponsors and their front organisation" and elected representatives, minorities and displaced people of the region have remained marginalized, according to institute of conflict resolution, a non governmental organisation headed by former Director General of Police of Punjab K P S Gill.
"Other political constituencies including the elected representatives of the people in Kashmir, the people of the regions that have diverse communities and constitute local minorities, the displaced and the diaspora, have largely been silenced or marginalised," the organizers said.
There was an urgent need to move away from the positions that have become entrenched in the current negotiation processes and to evolve a more inclusive understanding of the diverse interests and communities of the region, they added.
The two-day conference on Kashmir will be held on the outskirts of the national capital in which expatriate Kashmiri separatist leaders and leaders from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and Gilgit and Baltistan are participating.
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