August 2004 News

LOC Fencing Will Not Divide Kashmiris: US Experts

17 August 2004
The Times of India

Washington DC: The fencing of the Line of Control in Kashmir will not create divisions between the people of the area, claim two American experts. Michael Krepon, co-founder of the Henry L. Stimson Centre and Professor Steve Cohen, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and author of a recent book on Pakistan, believe that fencing the LOC is a temporary solution to a larger issue. Krepon also believes that 'the introduction of the jihadi warriors does add to their (Kashmiri) misery because it means that the Kashmiris get caught in the crossfire between the jihadis and the security forces'. Cohen refuses to 'conjecture'. He thinks India and Pakistan should not be looking for 'total victory' in Kashmir. Each side should instead be able to claim 'partial victory'.


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