India snubs China on Kashmir mediation offer, says no third-party required
Beijing had offered on Wednesday to play a “constructive role” in improving ties between India and Pakistan.india Updated: Jul 13, 2017 23:31 IST
India on Thursday snubbed China’s offer to mediate to resolve the Kashmir issue, saying New Delhi was willing to hold negotiations with Islamabad.
The external affairs ministry maintained that cross-border terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir was at the “heart” of the matter as it threatened peace and stability in the region.
The ministry’s strong reaction to Beijing came a day after its foreign ministry put out China’s offer to play a “constructive role” in improving the Indo-Pak ties, especially after the increased hostility along the Line of Control (LoC).
“We have been ready to have dialogues with Pakistan in a bilateral framework. That position of addressing all issues, including the Kashmir issue, in a bilateral framework has not changed,” MEA spokesperson Gopal Baglay told reporters.
“(But) at the heart of the matter is really the issue of cross-border terrorism perpetrated on India, including on the people of Jammu and Kashmir. So, the matter is that cross-border terrorism in our region emanating from a particular source is threatening peace and stability not only in India but in other neighbouring countries,” he said.
Baglay also rejected allegations by Pakistan that India was using chemical weapons in Kashmir, saying the country is against the use of chemical weapon “anywhere by anyone in any situation”.