September 2003 News

Kashmir Conflict To Affect Regional Stability: UNMOGIP

17 September 2003
News Network International

Srinagar: The United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) has emphasised that the conflict over Jammu and Kashmir could continue to affect the stability of the region for years to come. In a statement issued in Srinagar, Colonel Miguel Dumay, acting chief military observer UNMOGIP said that the Kashmir conflict has cost many lives, and caused much tragedy, reports Kashmir Media Service. He appealed 'the parties involved in Kashmir issue to initiate a cease fire from September 21, the international day of peace' and hoped that after initiating the cease fire the parties would do their best to prolong the duration of any cessation of hostilities for as long as possible. He pointed out, 'UNMOGIP pledges to co-operate closely and with great devotion with the parties to the (Kashmir) conflict in order to achieve these aims'. Colonel Miguel Dumay said 'Let us together try to make the international day of peace a day that will enable us to remember that peace is better than tension; that cease fire is better than war; and that as there is hope, there can also be concrete results. Let us together observer 21 September, the international day of peace'. This is for the first time that UNMOGIP has made a formal appeal for a cease fire in Kashmir. Annan says sustained Indo-Pak dialogue will lead to peace: Meanwhile, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan has hoped that sustained dialogue between India and Pakistan would lead to peaceful resolution of all outstanding issues, including Jammu and Kashmir. In a brief reference in New York to the subcontinent in his report to the General Assembly, Annan noted that the relations between India and Pakistan have improved. In May this year, the two countries announced the appointment of High Commissioner to each other's capitals, restoration of road links and other confidence-building measures, he recalled. 'I hope that those measures will lead to the resumption of sustained dialogue and to real progress towards a peaceful settlement of the outstanding problems between the two neighbours, including over Jammu and Kashmir'.-


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