UN Resolution On Kashmir No Longer Relevant: US Experts

28 February 2009
The Hindu


Washington DC: The UN resolution on Kashmir, calling for plebiscite, does not seem to be feasible in the present circumstances, a fact even considered by Pakistan too, eminent American experts on South Asia feel. 'One thing they (India and Pakistan) have done - and I want to go to this about the plebiscite (the then Pakistan) President (Pervez) Musharraf himself has said we're not insisting on following those UN resolutions now,' said Karl Inderfurth, who was the US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs from 1997 to 2001. Inderfurth was responding to a Republican lawmaker's questions on Kashmir during a Congressional hearing on Thursday, which was convened by the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia on building Indo-US relationship in the aftermath of Mumbai attack. The Republican Congressman from Indiana, Dan Burton, had said that he believes that the there should be an independent plebiscite on Kashmir as passed by the UN resolution more than six decades ago. Another lawmaker Rohrabacher argued on same line. 'We need to be honest with the Indians and say to eliminate what's going on in Kashmir, they need to have a plebiscite - and we are your friends. We recommend that you do this,' he said during the hearing. Inderfurth and Lisa Curtis, from Asian Study Center, Heritage Foundation the two South Asian experts who had been invited to testify before the Congressional panel differed on the views expressed by these Congressmen.