US rides two horses in J&K

Srinagar: Maintaining that his country stands firmly on human rights issues, US envoy to India, Timothy J Roemer on March 18 underlined that Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was the elected representative of a “very important place of India”.

“US firmly stands on human rights issues and we are universally working to promote human rights issues”, said Roemer, while interacting with media at Delhi Public School here. In a clear snub to separatists, he said that chief minister was an elected representative of people. He added that he wants to engage with people particularly youth.

He further stated that US desires to know environmental challenges faced by people, here. The visiting envoy refused to comment on whether US would help India in extradition of army major Avtar Singh accused of killing human rights activist Jaleel Andrabi in 1996. He also declined to comment on Wikileaks saying US doesn’t respond to diplomatic cables.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 April 2011 on page no. 15

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