November 2003 News

Kashmir A Bilateral Dispute: Jack Straw

13 November 2003
The Pakistan Tribune

London: Kashmir is a bilateral dispute between India and Pakistan but with international fallouts, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has said. 'Kashmir is a bilateral dispute, but with obvious international implications', The London Daily Times quoted Straw as saying while expressing hopes that both countries would resolve their differences, including Kashmir . He further said that the recent confidence-building measures taken by both the countries are 'hopeful signs' in improving bilateral ties. 'There are some hopeful signs,' he said. Straw was responding to questions by parliament members on Indo-Pak relations at the House of Commons. Welcoming the measures proposed by India and Pakistan to improve relations between them, he said Britain would encourage them to implement quickly the steps on which they agree and to work together to close the gap on those where there is less common ground, including the Srinagar- Muzaffarabad bus link. ' UK would remain 'actively engaged with this, and offer to help both sides in any way they wish,' he added. About nuclearisation of South Asia, he said, 'We will urge both India and Pakistan to sign the non-proliferation treaty, and we look forward to a situation in which there are no nuclear weapons.'


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