By Prarthana Mitra
Former Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik paid a surprise visit to Kashmir over the weekend, renewing the possibility of dialogues aimed at resolving the conflict in the Valley.
Whom did he meet?
The president of Oslo Centre for Peace and Human Rights who had played a crucial role in the Sri Lankan peace process met separatists leaders of the Valley on Friday, including Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, besides delegations of the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries and the High Court Bar Association. After meeting Hurriyat leaders in J&K on Friday, Bondevik also held talks in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir Monday, to explore ways of diffusing tension in the region. Critics have said this would not go down well with the Indian government.