December 2003 News

APHC discusses 'roadmap for Kashmir' with US team

11 December 2003
The Daily Times
Iftikhar Gilani

NEW DELHI: Three former US diplomats who were in India to find a solution to India-Pakistan tension returned home on Thursday.Former US ambassadors Frank Wisner and Nicholoas Platt, and retired US state department official Dennis Kux, were part of a task force constituted by two prestigious US think tanks, the Council for Foreign Relations (CFR) and the Asia Society to find a way out of India-Pakistan problems. They discussed their report 'New Priorities in South Asia US policy towards India, Pakistan and Afghanistan;' with the Indian and Kashmiri leadership.Three key leaders from moderate factions of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Prof Abdul Gani Bhat, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Bilal Gani Lone had special meetings with the US team. The US diplomats also met Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, India's National Security Adviser Brajesh Mishra, Defence Secretary Ajay Prasad and New Delhi's interlocutor on Kashmir NN Vohra.After meeting the US diplomats, Mr Sayeed said peace in the region was only possible if India and Pakistan shifted from their traditional points of view on Kashmir. The Hurriyat delegation discussed its 'roadmap' for Kashmir which according to them accommodated Kashmiris, Pakistan and India alike.


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