June 2003 News

Compromises Needed On Kashmir: Advani

14 June 2003
The Pioneer

New York: Asserting that India was not satisfied with Pakistan's response to its peace initiative, Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani on Saturday said the Kashmir issue could be resolved but would require 'some kind of compromises' from both sides on 'extreme positions' taken by them. 'The moment talks start (between India and Pakistan) after conducive atmosphere is created, India is ready to discuss all issues, including Kashmir on which both sides have extreme and different positions,' Mr Advani told CNN in an interview here. He maintained that even 'most contentious issues' across the world have been resolved through dialogue. 'It is not impossible and beyond ingenuity of the two countries to resolve the issue. But it would require some kind of compromises from both sides on extreme positions they have taken,' he said. Asked whether India was satisfied that Pakistan was doing enough to create a conducive atmosphere for dialogue, Mr Advani said 'although while here, I do not want to be seen as pointing fingers, we are not satisfied as yet with the response.' 'While I have been here, I have been getting reports of repeated efforts of infiltration which have been frustrated by our security forces,' he said. To a question, Mr Advani said he had 'no doubt that Pakistan is in control' of terrorist organisations. 'It is not that the terrorist organisations are doing something on their own. There is a full- fledged infrastructure of terrorism that has been built up (in Pakistan) over the years,' he said. Elsewhere, Mr Advani said the BJP would contest the 2004 Lok Sabha elections under the leadership of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, setting to rest speculation that differences existed on the issue within the party. Addressing a gathering of the Indian-American community here, the Deputy PM reiterated that there had been political stability in India over the past five years and Mr Vajpayee would continue to lead the NDA as well as the country in the years to come.


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