August 2002 News

Musharraf''s assurances made no difference, infiltration is on: Armitage

24 August 2002
The Indian Express

Islamabad: US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage said on Saturday that infiltration by militants was continuing across the Line of Control into Kashmir, but Pakistan has assured him it was not responsible. Speaking after talks in Islamabad with Pervez Musharraf and minister of state for foreign affairs Inam-ul-Haq, Armitage told reporters: ''I can say nothing has changed from the assurances I was given last June when I was here. And there are some obvious infiltrations across the Line of Control, but our friends in Pakistan assured me it is not something sponsored by Pakistan.'' Armitage, on his second South Asia peace mission this year, said the United States was working to encourage talks to end the standoff between India and Pakistan on Kashmir. ''We trying to bring about a situation where there can be a dialogue and two parties can sit down face to face to speak about these matters,'' he said. Armitage was in India for talks on Friday.


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