May 2003 News

India Wary Of Pak Designs On Kashmir At UN

1 May 2003
The Times of India

New Delhi: India will view any Pakistani move to raise the Kashmir issue in the UN Security Council (UNSC) as a setback to the ongoing overtures of friendship, officials suggested, responding to questions. Pakistani ambassador to the UN Munir Akram has said Pakistan, which takes over the rotating presidency of the UNSC for a month beginning Thursday, would like a discussion on unresolved issues like Palestine and Kashmir on May 13th. Asked about this, the external affairs spokesperson said India had extended a hand of friendship and it was for Pakistan to see whether raising the issue was compatible with that move. On other comments emanating from Pakistan relating to confidence building measures and offer of Jamali to visit India, the spokesperson said India would respond to proposals as and when they were made. However, the spokesperson reiterated India's stand on cross-border terrorism in response to a question. Asked about the US State Department's report on terrorism the spokesperson said that in so far as it spoke about infiltration, this had been evident to India for a long time. Recognition of Pakistan's role in this needed to be followed up, he said, adding that this was where the international community had failed. He also dismissed the implications in the report of the responsibility of non-state actors saying India was well-aware of the nature of the groups and their backing. He also refused to comment on the US decision not to designate Pakistan as a terrorist state, saying the determinations were made by another government according to their processes.


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