June 2001 News

No question of resiling from Kashmir position: India

28 June 2001
The Indian Express

New Delhi: India on Thursday asserted that there was no question of resiling from its firm position that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of the country. "At no stage we have said we are resiling from our position that J&K is an integral part of India," an External Affairs Ministry spokesperson said. Asked why India was willing to discuss the issue, she said: "We are confidently speaking to Pakistan without in any way diluting our position on it." The spokesperson recalled the Parliament resolution of February 22, 1994, which declared that the state of J&K "has been, is and shall be an integral part of India and any attempts to separate from the rest of the country will be resisted by all necessary means". The resolution also demanded that Pakistan must vacate the areas of the Indian state of J&K which they had occupied through aggression. The July 14-16 Vajpayee-Musharraf summit talks were aimed at arriving at future directions in the relations following up on the Shimla and Lahore accords. "That is how we look at it," spokesperson said. New Delhi would focus on all outstanding issues including J&K in finalising its approaches in the run up to the summit.


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