November 2001 News

UK offers to mediate on Kashmir if allowed

29 November 2001
The Times of India

LONDON: Emphasising that the Kashmir issue can only be resolved through discussions between India and Pakistan, Britain has offered to mediate provided both the countries agreed for such an ''intervention''. ''The dispute can be resolved only by bilateral negotiations between India and Pakistan. That is what we want to happen,'' British home secretary Jack Straw told the House of Commons. ''We are therefore encouraging the Government of India and government of Pakistan to resume the talks that they held in July in Agra. We would stand ready to provide assistance to those negotiations, but only in circumstances in which both sides agreed that our intervention would be helpful,'' he said.( PTI )


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