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Annan hails India's response

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has welcomed India's positive response to Pak's announcement of unilateral ceasefire in J&K.

india Updated: Nov 25, 2003 13:02 IST

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has welcomed India's positive response to Pakistan's announcement to implement unilateral ceasefire along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir from Eid day.

In a statement on Monday, Annan said he is encouraged by recent efforts by the two countries to build confidence in their relations and to address outstanding problems.

He is, he added, following with interest the recent proposal by India of a number of confidence building measures and Pakistan's response to them.

Urging both countries to continue these efforts with patience and resolve, he said he remains at their disposal to assist in "any way they consider mutually beneficial."

India has made it clear that the ceasefire can become "durable" only if Pakistan stops infiltration of terrorists into Kashmir. It also proposed a ceasefire along the "Actual Ground Position Line" (AGPL) in Siachen.

First Published: Nov 25, 2003 10:27 IST