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PM, Hurriyat agree to evolve mechanism for peace in Kashmir

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New Delhi, May 3 (UNI) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today held the second rounds of talks with the moderate Hurriyat Conference during which both the sides discussed ''sensitive and important'' issues and agreed to evolve a mechanism to resolve Kashmir issue amicably and peacefully.

''The talks with the Prime Minister were frank and fruitful...

and both sides agreed to evolve a mechanism and discuss specifics to ensure forward movement on the dialogue process,'' Moderate Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq told reporters after almost two-hour-long talks with the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister described the discussion as ''a meeting of minds'' which augurs well for the future of Jammu and Kashmir and the South Asian region.

''I am happy with the talks. It was a meeting of minds...this augurs well for the Jammu and Kashmir, people of India and the region,'' Prime Minister's Media Adviser Sanjaya Baru quoted Dr Singh as having said.

The six-member Hurriyat delegation comprises Prof Abdul Ghani Bhat, Maulana Abbas Ansari, Bilal Ghani Lone, Fazal Haq Qureshi and Aga Syed Hassan, besides Mirwaiz.

Dr Singh was assisted by Home Minister Shivraj Patil, National Security Advisor M K Narayanan and Centre's interlocutor for Jammu and Kashmir N N Vohra, besides other officials in the talks.

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