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'No scope for third party mediation on Kashmir'

delhi Updated: Sep 22, 2010 18:49 IST
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Rebuffing Pakistan's attempt to involve the international community in resolving the Kashmir issue, India on Wednesday categorically said there is "no scope" of third party mediation on Kashmir, which is an integral part of the country.

Reacting sharply to Pakistan Foreign Minister S M Qureshi's remarks asking the US to intervene in Kashmir, sources in the External Affairs Ministry said "there is no scope for third party or international mediation. And this has been made clear on number of occasions, including at the UN... There can be wishes expressed but there is no further corollary to that."

Asking the international community, particularly the US, to intervene in Kashmir in resolving the contentious issue which is central to peace in the region, Qureshi yesterday said in New York, "We call upon the US particularly, which is pressing so responsibly for peace in the Middle East, to also invest its political capital in trying to help seek an accommodation for Kashmir."

Discarding Pakistan's statement on the recent crisis in Jammu and Kashmir, sources said India's position on this issue was very well articulated and well known to all its friends and interlocutors.

"We are very clear in our mind that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and if there are any issues pertaining to the state, these have been in past and can be addressed bilaterally. In past also we have been discussing this issue bilaterally with Pakistan," a source said.

On attempts by Pakistan to rake this issue at the international fora such as UNGA, the sources said it is not something which is unexpected.

The sources also maintained as a vibrant democracy, India has sufficient mechanisms and constitutional safeguards to address issues raised by its citizens in any part of the country.