WASHINGTON: Congressional caucus on India co- chairman Gary L. Ackerman has lauded U.S. President Bill Clinton for declining to get involved in the Kashmir dispute, rejecting a strong pressure to this effect by visiting Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
In a letter to the President on Friday night, Mr. Ackerman, who returned to Congress as Democrat nine times from the New York area, said, "Let me take this opportunity to salute your public announcement that the United States does not plan to become involved in the on-going negotiations between India and Pakistan on the Kashmir issue. I am certain you faced strong pressure from Prime Minister Sharif, whose Government has long sought to bring the United States into this matter," he added.
Mr. Ackerman said, "as we both know, however, the United States cannot and should not involve itself in sensitive negotiations of this nature when both countries have not asked for intervention. I agree with you that the present discussions between Mr. Sharif and the Indian Prime Minister A. B. Vajpayee are a positive development and we should encourage both leaders to work diligently to resolve their differences."
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