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'Agra can be a continuation of Lahore'

By Our Special Correspondent

JAIPUR, JUNE 29. Senior journalist and Member of Parliament, Mr. Kuldip Nayar, today said the Lahore Declaration could be a benchmark for the summit meeting between the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, and the Pakistan President, Gen. Pervez Musharraf. ``The Agra Declaration could be a continuation of the Lahore Declaration,'' he said.

Mr. Nayar, here today to support a dharna by villagers demanding continuation of drought relief till the next harvest, told newspersons that the scheduled talks between Mr. Vajpayee and Gen. Musharraf were crucial for both nations. ``How long can we refuse to talk to a neighbour,'' he asked.

However, New Delhi's willingness to talk did not mean that it would compromise on the fundamentals.``The solution to the Kashmir problem cannot be communal. The Valley where Muslims are in majority cannot be separated from India,'' Mr. Nayar said.

``We cannot go back to the pre-Partition days. A solution should be sought keeping in mind the whole of Jammu and Kashmir,'' he said.

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