'Disagreement on Miliband's views conveyed to UK'
After UK Foreign Secy David Miliband ruffled feathers in New Delhi by linking the Kashmir issue with terrorism, EAM Pranab Mukherjee today said India had conveyed its disagreement to Britain on the issue.delhi Updated: Jan 21, 2009 16:00 IST
After UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband ruffled feathers in New Delhi by linking the Kashmir issue with terrorism, India on Wednesday said it conveyed its disagreement to Britain through diplomatic channels and is treating the matter as a closed chapter.
"In our normal diplomatic channel what is proper and just we have done it and now it is a closed chapter," External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee told reporters in New Delhi on the sidelines of a function organised by FICCI.
He was asked whether Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had written a letter to his British counterpart Gordon Brown over Miliband's observations.
Reports had it that Singh had written a letter to Brown over the British Foreign Secretary's comments linking resolution of Kashmir issue to terrorism in the region.
Mukherjee said when the Foreign Secretary from UK visited India he had shared his perception about the situation with him and the Indian delegation.
"I equally told him and all the interlocutors that this is your perception and we do not share it," he said, adding that there was no question of giving anyone a cold shoulder.
In an article in a British newspaper Miliband had written that resolution of the Kashmir issue would deny extremists in the region one of the main reasons for taking up arms prompting the External Affairs Ministry to point out that it did not need any "unsolicited advice" on Kashmir.
Miliband had also put his faith in the Pakistani judicial system by suggesting that Pakistanis wanted in connection with the Mumbai attacks should be tried in that country itself to give its judicial system a chance.