September 2004 News

'K-breakthrough Only Political'

9 September 2004
The Times of India

New Delhi: Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri has said that a breakthrough on the Kashmir issue could only come at the political level and not at the diplomatic level. He claimed that his country had the necessary political will and determination to resolve the issue, The News reported. It is not possible to resolve the Kashmir issue in one or two meetings, Kasuri added. In an interview with Doordarshan , he also rejected his Indian counterpart K Natwar Singh's recent claim that Kashmir was an integral part of India. 'Islamabad did not recognise Kashmir as an integral part of India,' he categorically stated. About India's contention that Pakistan was unifocal (only on the Kashmir issue), he said, 'We are not unifocal. We want progress on all issues.' Asserting that Kashmir was a very important issue for Pakistan and it could not be sidelined, Kasuri said in a separate interview with BBC that the wars fought between Pakistan and India 'teach us that Kashmir issue cannot be sidelined and ignored.'


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