US To Help In 'every Possible Way' To Settle Kashmir

25 June 2009
The Times of India

Islamabad: The Obama administration will help in 'every possible way' to settle the Kashmir problem and to resume the stalled Indo-Pak dialogue, a top US official said here today responding to Islamabad's request for assistance in resolving the 'core issue' with New Delhi. 'The US government would help in every possible way for the resumption of dialogue between Pakistan and India and for resolution of the core issues like Kashmir dispute and water distribution between the two countries,' visiting American National Security Adviser James jones was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the Prime Minister's House here. The statement came after a meeting between Jones, who arrived here on Wednesday following a brief visit to Afghanistan, and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. During the meeting, Gilani called on 'the world at large and the US in particular to play their role towards resolution of the core issue of Kashmir as well as the water issue between Pakistan and India.' He explained to Jones that US assistance in settling outstanding issues with India 'would help Pakistan focus on fighting against extremism and terrorism on its western border to ensure peace and stability of the South Asian region.' Last week, US President Barack Obama had firmly ruled out any US mediation on the Kashmir issue, saying that dialogue between India and Pakistan is the best way to reduce tensions between them.