July 2005 News

Shaukat, Natwar discuss ways to resolve Kashmir issue

5 July 2005
The News International

Astana: Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz on Tuesday said both Pakistan and India were committed to the composite dialogue process to resolve all outstanding issues, including the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir, peacefully. 'We want the peace process to move forward. We want various issues between the two countries to be resolved,' he told reporters after meeting Indian External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh, who called on him on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit here. The Indian foreign minister is leading his country's delegation to the SCO summit. Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri was also present during the meeting. The prime minister described the discussion as good, which was held in a very 'open' and 'informal' atmosphere. 'We discussed the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir to see how we can resolve it,' he added. 'Both countries are committed to the peace process and to resolve the dispute peacefully.' The two sides also exchanged views on water issues, including the Baglihar dam and the gas pipeline project. The prime minister said Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline project would create a win-win situation for both the sides. He noted that both the countries were engaged in formal talks at various levels. The prime minister said it was a continuous process and the discussion would keep going on. 'We are looking ahead to develop and to grow and share what is happening all over the world.' According to Press Trust of India, Natwar Singh told the prime minister that India was ready to give 'concrete evidence' of alleged cross-LoC terrorism and made it clear that New Delhi would not accept linkage of trade and economic cooperation with progress on the vexed Kashmir issue. 'We will give you concrete evidence of cross-border terrorism,' PTI quoted Singh as saying during his 45-minute meeting with the prime minister. Shaukat said that 'we are institutionally against terrorism,' PTI said According to PTI, both the sides reaffirmed their commitment to the composite dialogue process. 'Naturally, some hiccups are there but 'we agreed that this process is irreversible,' Singh said.


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