April 2003 News

India rejects international patrolling of LoC

28 April 2003
The News International

NEW DELHI: India on Monday rejected the proposal of the Pakistan Foreign Ministry about joint international patrolling along the Line of Control in Kashmir.'After the prime minister's (Atal Behari Vajpayee) offer of dialogue, there is an expectation that there will be a new approach and new language,' an external affairs ministry spokesman said here.The spokesman said India was awaiting a response from Pakistan to Vajpayee's offer of a 'hand of friendship' made in held Kashmir. Responding to a query on a statement by Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri that a response would come in 'two, three days', the spokesman said that New Delhi would 'wait for that'.Officials in New Delhi have said over the past week that talks could begin as early as June. 'The prime minister has extended a hand of friendship and it depends on how Pakistan responds,' the spokesman said.


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