JK a bilateral issue, Omar tells Annan
17 March 2001
The Indian Express
New Delhi: India and Pakistan should solve Kashmir issue bilaterally in the letter and sprit of Lahore Declaration, Minister of State for Commerce and Industries Omar Abdullah told the visiting Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan last night. "I conveyed to him the feeling of Kashmir people, who are suffering a lot because of the continuous militancy sponsored by Pakistan," Omar told PTI here. Omar, who met Annan at a reception hosted in his honour, said he told the visiting dignatory that India was not averse to any form of dialogue. "But prior to it, Islamabad had to take some confidence building measures like reining of militant groups operating from its soil," he added. Omar also said that he had told Annan that Kashmir issue could be resolved bilaterally between the two countries and their was no role for a third party. "I complimented him for the statement he had made in Islamabad over the stand of the United Nations vis-a-vis Kashmir issue," he added. Hurriyat Conference had also sought an appointment with Annan during his stay in the capital, which was, however, turned by the UN office here.