Amarnath: All-party meet fails to find solution

Last Updated: Tue, Aug 12, 2008 15:17 hrs

Srinagar/Jammu/New Delhi: New Delhi: With no solution in sight, the Centre on Tuesday continued to grapple with the Amarnath land row as leaders of the all-party delegation failed to hammer out any formula to resolve the controversy.

The meeting, chaired by Home Minister Shivraj Patil, saw leaders from various political parties airing different views for over three hours, delaying a consensus on the vexed issue, sources said.

The initial part of the meeting was devoted to recent developments in the Kashmir valley where nine people, including a separatist leader Abdul Aziz Sheikh, were killed in police firing while taking out a march to Muzzafarabad.

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The leaders attending the meet made a strong demand for inviting leaders of the Shri Amarnath Sangarsh Samiti (SASS), spreadheading the agitation in Jammu, to the negotiation table. A similar exercise yesterday had failed to hammer out a solution.

The meeting was a prelude to another all-party meeting which is likely to be convened on Wednesday by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

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At the meeting, BJP leader Arun Jaitley again demanded implementation of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court's order on the Amarnath issue. Jaitley and former state Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah left the meeting mid-way.

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