US Persuading India For Truce In Entire Jammu And Kashmir
2 April 2004
The Pakistan Tribune
New Delhi: The United States has been trying to prevail over India to declare a unilateral ceasefire in strife- torn Jammu and Kashmir . Hurriyat sources told UNI Friday that the US has been playing a 'leading' role and making sincere efforts to persuade India to declare the truce in the entire troubled state . 'The Bush administration has been pushing for the ceasefire soon after the thaw in relations between India and Pakistan,' they added . The regular meetings between the Hurriyat Conference and US diplomats here before and after its talks with the Centre are an indication that the Bush administration is playing a friendly and leading role in the ongoing peace process,' they added . During their recent meeting, a Hurriyat delegation was assured that the United State will speed up its efforts to find a lasting solution to the vexed Kashmir issue . At present, the ceasefire, which came into effect from November 25 last year on the eve of the Eid-ul-Fitr, holds along the Line of Control and the Actual Ground Position Line (AGPL) in Siachen. 'When the ceasefire has brought a major change in the situation along the border areas, such a move will definitely bring a great amount of relief to the people of the entire state,' the sources added . They said the situation in the strife-torn state was fast improving. They said the Hurriyat during its meetings on January 22 and March 27 with Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani had urged the Centre to halt the security operations, including cordon, search and other such exercises, in the state . The sources said Mr Advani had assured the delegation that he would take up the issue with the Army and other security agencies . New Delhi had earlier announced a similar operation in November 2000 during the holy month of Ramzan. The truce continued till May 2001 but was withdrawn after there was no forward movement from the militant groups .