September 2000 News

India, Pakistan Must Resolve Differences Themselves: United States Admiral

29 September 2000
The Hindu

Bangkok: Only India and Pakistan can settle their bilateral disputes, including the Kashmir issue, though international pressure can play a key role in such an effort, a senior US Military official said here today. Admiral Denis Blair, Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific Command of the US Navy, told reporters that it had been witnessed during the Kargil conflict how the United States, China and Russia came together to exert pressure on India and Pakistan to stop the fighting. Those three countries had been traditional allies of either India or Pakistan at one time, he said. However, he said he saw ''no alternative'' but for India and Pakistan to themselves solve any problem between them. He said the role for other countries was to offer whatever help they could.


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