Natwar rules out unilateral Kashmir demilitarisation
1 November 2005
The News International
New Delhi: India on Tuesday responded cautiously to Pakistan's suggestion that the two countries demilitarise Kashmir to speed up relief efforts, saying the step could not be taken unilaterally. 'It (the demilitarisation) can't be done unilaterally,' Foreign Minister Natwar Singh told reporters in New Delhi, the Press Trust of India reported. 'After all, they (Pakistan) are in occupation of our areas,' he said. The minister made it clear that he had to study President Musharraf's remarks to Saudi newspaper Arab News at the weekend that he (Musharraf) was 'for demilitarisation (in Kashmir) 'Over-verbalising doesn't help. Every second day there is a statement from that side,' Natwar said. Meanwhile, PTI quoted Junior Home Minister Sri Prakash Jaiswal Indian minister as telling reporters in the northern town of Sultanpur that the weekend bomb attacks in New Delhi would not affect peace talks with Pakistan despite hints by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of a Pakistani link. 'The Delhi serial blasts will have no effect on the ongoing peace process between India and Pakistan,' Jaiswal said, adding Indian investigators had gathered 'important clues' and the probe was moving in the right direction. 'There are some terrorist organisations, who do not want relations between the two countries to improve but they would not succeed in their designs,' he added.