December 2002 News

Violence intended to disrupt State Govt: U.S.

21 December 2002
The Hindu

Washington: The U.S. has condemned the latest acts of violence in Jammu and Kashmir, including the murder of a ruling party MLA, saying it intended to disrupt the new State Government but asserted that Washington would continue to support an effort for a dialogue between India and Pakistan to ease tensions. ''On Friday terrorists murdered a Member of the State Assembly in Kashmir, Abdul Aziz Mir, of the ruling People''s Democratic Party. In a separate incident, three civilian women were murdered,'' the State Department spokesman, Richard Boucher said here. ''First of all, we condemn these attacks and point out once again that violence won''t solve Kashmir''s problems. These attacks are intended to disrupt the new State Government in Kashmir, which is trying to promote reconciliation and reduce the tensions. So we continue to work with the parties who want to do that. PTI


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