WASHINGTON - The International Educational Development, an NGO accredited with the United Nations will hold a Conference on Kashmir on December 7 with an aim to explore various possibilities to set a stage for settlement of the dispute.

The conference titled "Beyond the Blame Game: Finding Common Ground for Peace & Justice in Kashmir," will be attended by international-famed lawyers, writers, human rights activists and other noted speaker.

The speakers will focus not only on the well-known opposing views of the governments of India and Pakistan but also on the rights and perceptions of the people of Kashmir.

Despite a significant shift in global politics during the post-9/11, the Kashmir issue remains a major impediment to global peace and security, and its esolution must be a priority for the international community, a statement from the International Educational Development said.

It is an issue, which, if not resolved could have dangerous consequences on the lives of 1.3 billion people across South Asia.

According to the host-NGO, the organisers have taken up the challenge to seek the beginning of a dialogue -- a dialogue with free exchange of views and opinions, however, different but in an atmosphere that is devoid of the blame game, accusation and intimidation.

And a dialogue that can lead all Kashmiris out of the nightmare they live into a peaceful existence.

Peace without compromise is untenable, but compromise without dialogue is impossible.

"We also believe that peace in Kashmir is achievable only if pragmatic and realistic strategy is established to help set a stage to put the dispute on the road to a just and durable settlement. That approach requires that there should not be any precondition from any party, other than commitment to non-violence and negotiations," the NGO added.

While as there are intermittently talks of peace moves between India and Pakistan, the Kashmiri people feel that not enough is being said or done to address the real crux of the matter i.e. the Kashmir dispute.

They believe that trilateral dialogue between the governments of India and Pakistan and the Kashmiri leadership holds the key to any meaningful progress on the Kashmir dispute and they are fully committed to facilitating any such endeavour.

Those invited to speak include Ramsey Clark, former Attorney General of the United States; Ms. Vitoria Schofield, British author, biographer and military historian; Khurram Parvez, Human rights activist from Kashmir; Barrister Suchitra Vijayan, writer, lawyer and a political theorist; Dr. Karen Parker, Internationally known humanitarian lawyer; Ambassador Yusuf Buch, former Adviser to the United Nations Secretary General; Dr. Zahid Bukhari, founding Director, Muslims in American Public Square (MAPS), Georgetown University, Professor Nasreen Sheikh, Azad Kashmir and others.