September 2006 News

Kasuri asks India to respond positively

26 September 2006
The Hindu

United Nations: Pakistan has asked India to respond positively to 'bold' and 'out-of- box' proposals of President Pervez Musharraf to resolve the Kashmir issue, which would help bring durable peace to South Asia. 'We are happy with the revival of the peace process after the talks between President Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Havana last week,' Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri said at the Annual Coordination Meeting of OIC Foreign Ministers on the sidelines of the 61st session of the U.N. General Assembly on Monday. 'We hope that the Indian leadership will respond positively to the bold and out-of-box proposals made by President Musharraf to resolve the chronic dispute of Jammu and Kashmir,' he said. A durable and lasting peace in South Asia, he stressed can only be established by resolving the core dispute of Jammu and Kashmir in accordance with the 'aspiration of the Kashmiri people.' Expressing Pakistan's commitment to the resolution of this dispute through dialogue, Mr. Kasuri said, 'with goodwill on all sides, a solution is possible.' Pakistan, he said, is 'grateful' for the continued OIC support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir towards achieving their 'inalienable right to self-determination.' 'We are confident that the Islamic world would continue its valued support for the just cause of their Kashmiri brethren,' he added. Pakistan condemns terrorism committed by whomever and wherever, he said adding 'we are a frontline State in the fight against terrorism and have committed huge resources in the fight.'


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