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China wants peaceful settlement of J&K issue

China on Thursday asked India and Pakistan to seize the current positive momentum in bilateral ties.

india Updated: Apr 06, 2006 19:19 IST
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China on Thursday asked India and Pakistan to seize the current positive momentum in bilateral ties to peacefully resolve their differences, including the Kashmir issue, so as to achieve joint development.

"China as a neighbour and friend of both countries, hope that both countries can seize the current opportunities to properly settle their disputes, including Kashmir, through peaceful dialogue and achieve joint development and make efforts for the joint development of South Asia," Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao told reporters.

"We have taken note that there has been constant improvement of relations between the two countries with expansion and cooperation. We believe that these steps will be helpful. We appreciate and welcome the momentum (in ties) by the two countries, demonstrating the determination of both sides to improve their relations," he said.

Asked to comment on China's role in the UN Security Council, where it has taken over as the Rotating President for this month, the spokesman said: "No matter as a permanent member of the UN Security Council or the Rotating President of the UNSC, China is willing to play an active role in promoting peace and development."

China has been working actively to play a role on many issues. "On the questions of Iraq and Iranian nuclear issue and the Korean Peninsula nuclear question, we have been trying to make peace and promote dialogue to solve the issues through peaceful means," he said.