March 2000 News

No territorial ambition over Kashmir, says Pak Foreign Secretary

29 March 2000
Hindustan Times

Islamabad: Foreign Secretary Inam-ul-Haq said today that Pakistan did not have any territorial ambitions over Kashmir region and it only wanted realisation of the right to self-determination of the Kashmiri people in accordance with the United Nations resolutions. ?We don?t have any territorial ambitions over Kashmir. We only support the indigenous struggle of the Kashmiri people for their right to self-determination,'' he said while addressing the conclusion ceremony of eighth Diplomatic Course at the Foreign Service Academy. Inam said Pakistan wanted fulfilment of the aspirations of the people of Kashmir region according to the UN Security Council resolutions. He said emergence of unipolar world, following the collapse of former Soviet Union, had raised hopes in the developing world about the mitigation of their problems. ''But most of these hopes have not realised and crises have broken out in a number of countries, particularly, African continent,'' he added. He said globalisation also has caused marginalisation of the developing nations in the world. He expressed the hope that the countries of the South would work out a joint strategy to deal with such a situation in an effective manner. Inam emphasised that Pakistan had a deep and abiding interest in the progress and prosperity of the Central Asian region. ''As a members of the Economic Cooperation Organisation, Pakistan shares the objective of fostering close cooperation in diverse areas of mutual interest. The Foreign Secretary said Pakistan was confident that the ongoing political process would create conditions conducive to a lasting peace in Bosnia Herzegovina. He said Pakistan supported the United Nations Secretary-General''s good offices mission on Cyprus and favoured a federal solution based on the principles of bi-zonal, bi-communal and political equality of the two communities. He said Pakistan enjoyed warm and cordial relations with Mongolia. Director General Foreign Service Academy Azmat Ghayur spoke briefly about the activities of the training programme.


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