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PM says borders in Kashmir cannot be redrawn, Pak protests

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has made it clear that borders in Kashmir cannot be redrawn, triggering a sharp response from Pakistani leaders who said the "dispute" must be settled in accordance with the UN resolutions.

india Updated: Nov 23, 2009 16:35 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has made it clear that borders in Kashmir cannot be redrawn, triggering a sharp response from Pakistani leaders who said the "dispute" must be settled in accordance with the UN resolutions.

"I have publicly stated that there can be no redrawing of borders (in Jammu and Kashmir)," the prime minister said. "...but our two countries can work together to ensure that these are borders of peace, that people-to-people contacts grow in a manner in which people do not even worry whether they are located on this side of the border or that side," he told CNN in an interview aired on Sunday.

Singh was asked whether he saw any prospects for productive negotiations with Pakistan since he was set to be quiet close to some kind of a deal with President Pervez Musharraf before the military ruler quit.

"If trade is free, if people-to-people contacts (are there) and our both countries competing with each other to enable people on both sides to lead the life of dignity and self respect. Those are issues, which we can discuss, we can reach agreement," he said.

In Islamabad, Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said, "Jammu and Kashmir is a disputed territory awaiting settlement in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions and aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.