Friday, March 18, 2011

Roemer snubs separatists on maiden visit to Kashmir - Hindustan Times

Roemer snubs separatists on maiden visit to Kashmir - Hindustan Times

n a diplomatic snub to separatists in Jammu and Kashmir, the US ambassador to India, Timothy J Roemer, did not meet them on his first visit to the Valley. Roemer on Friday said he had come "only to meet elected representatives" and desisted from describing J&K either as an issue or a problem.

Roemer, who arrived in Srinagar on Thursday, said he had come to Kashmir as part of his mission to travel to different parts of the country to meet the students and youth, who were the future of India.

The ambassador said he wanted to meet the people in Kashmir "as he has been doing all over India". Roemer described his meeting with chief minister Omar Abdullah as productive and engaging.

He refused to take questions on the WikiLeaks expose on the cash-for-votes scam.

The expose - a leaked cable from a US diplomat to the state department - claimed the UPA-1 government sought to buy MPs to maintain its majority in the 14th Lok Sabha during the vote of confidence over the Indo-US nuclear deal on July 22, 2008.

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