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US rules out dictating Kashmir solution

india Updated: Oct 31, 2009 21:47 IST
Arun Joshi
Arun Joshi
Hindustan Times
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The United States has ruled out dictating any Kashmir solution and only reiterated its commitment to encourage the two South Asian neighbours to revisit the composite dialogue table to resolve the issue.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at an interaction with women journalists in Pakistan's capital city on Friday said: “We can’t dictate any answers,” in reply to a question as to why the US is not exerting its pressure on to resolve the Kashmir issue.

This observation of the US Secretary of State came a day after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told a news conference in Srinagar on Thursday that controlling terrorism was not a “ precondition” for resuming the dialogue, but “ essential” for the conducive conditions for talks.

It is also a rebuff to Kashmiri separatists of all hues who have been calling for the US intervention on Kashmir issue.

Hillary’s remarks are significant in the light of growing tensions between the two nations over terrorism. Prime Minister had categorically stated that India was a victim of “ terrorism “ perpetrated from Pakistan.

In a crisp reply to the questioner, Hillary Clinton said: “Well, I want you to know that we are trying very hard to encourage both your government and the Indian government to work on resolving this.”

“On and , especially over Kashmir, we know that both of the countries have very strong feelings about this, and we can’t dictate any answers despite our position in the world. What we can do is to keep making the case that finding an answer is in the best interests of both.”

A leading US expert on South Asian affairs Ashley J Tellis in his policy brief in the run upto Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to the US has suggested that Washington should not interfere on Kashmir and maintain its absence from the Indo-Pak process.