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PM-Hurriyat talks: Don't expect miracles, says Soz

By Onkar Singh in New Delhi
September 05, 2005 10:47 IST
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Congress Rajya Sabha member Saifuddin Soz has expressed confidence that talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the All Parties Hurriyat Conference delegation would have some positive outcome.

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Soz, who played a key role in bringing about the talks between the prime minister and the APHC leadership, told over the phone from Srinagar that a lot of hard work had gone behind the scene to turn these talks into a reality.

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"Monday's meeting between Dr Singh and the Hurriyat delegation... I hope will be able to break the ice but I must caution that we should not expect miracles and solutions in a single night," he said.

Soz would be flying in to New Delhi later in the afternoon to assist the prime minister and other colleagues in the talks.

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On Sunday, Dr Singh was briefed by government interlocutor N N Vohra and other senior government officials as part of the preparations for the meeting.

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Onkar Singh in New Delhi