Kashmir Meet: Curtains Down On Positive Note
15 December 2004
The Indian Express
Kathmandu: In a positive development, leaders from both sides of Kashmir called for an end to violence in the Valley and hoped that a sustained dialogue between India and Pakistan would lead to resolution of all outstanding issues, including the Kashmir problem. A consensus statement issued after the three-day meeting of the Kashmiri leaders, intellectuals and former bureaucrats as part of the Track II diplomacy said the process of peace should be carried forward to seek an honourable and feasible solution to the Kashmir problem, in a peaceful manner. Emphasising that the dignity and welfare of inhabitants of Jammu and Kashmir should be of paramount importance, the participants unanimously called for ending violence to create conditions for rule of law and taking steps to improve economy. 'The participants were unanimous that violence is aserious problem and not a means to achieve solution,' said Paolo Cotta-Ramusino, secretary general of Rome-based Pugwash conferences on science and world affairs, the organiser of the meet. Welcoming the resumption of the composite dialogue process between India and Pakistan, the participants hoped that a sustained dialogue between the two countries would lead to enhanced confidence and cooperation in areas of mutual interest and a resolution of all outstanding issues including Jammu and Kashmir.