Annan Welcomes Pakistan's Unilateral Ceasefire In Kashmir
24 November 2003
New York: The United Nations tonight welcomed Pakistan's decision to unilaterally cease fire along the so-called 'Line of Control' that divides the Kashmir region between India and Pakistan. The ceasefire was to take effect tomorrow to mark the end of the month-long Islamic fast of Ramadan, known as Eid Al-Fitr. U.N. Secretary- General Kofi Annan said in a statement he 'warmly welcomes' the Pakistani decision and India's positive response. He said he was following 'with interest the recent proposal by India of a number of confidence-building measures and Pakistan's response to them.' Annan called for patience and resolve to settle the dispute over Kashmir between the two countries, offering his assistance for actions that could be beneficial to both sides.