Britain Rules Out Third Party Intervention On Kashmir Issue

26 November 2009

London: Britain has ruled out third party intervention in resolving the Kashmir issue, saying it should be best left to India and Pakistan to work closely at the highest level and sort out their differences. Asked specifically whether Britain would take initiative at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Port of Spain to prevail upon India and Pakistan to resume dialogue and resolve the Kashmir issue, Premier Gordon Brown told a select group of newsmen: 'I think, the important thing to recognise is, we want Pakistan and India to work in the closest of cooperation. 'But we have realised that events in Mumbai were very difficult indeed. Let us hope that this cooperation between the two countries can happen at the highest possible level over the next few months.' 'I think that is key to any difficulty that lies between the two countries... there must be dialogue that is necessary to ensure that,' he said on the eve of his departure to Trinidad and Tobago for the CHOGM meet. To a question on possibility of his meeting with prime minister Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the CHOGM, Brown said 'I look forward to discussing with him the issue of climate change. I have always found his willingness to participate indiscussion whenever necessary.' Describing Singh as 'a very good personal friend', Brown said 'I believe the visit (of the Indian leader) to Washington has been very successful indeed and I commend the statement he made in Washington about the empowerment of Indian people.' 'He is a very good personal friend of mine and I admire him greatly. I believe he is responsible for some of the successes of the Indian economy over the last few years. His policies have borne fruit creating a number of jobs and greater prosperity India has enjoyed,' he said. The British prime minister said that the issue of climate change would be at the top of the agenda at the CHOGM. 'We are in the last few days before the Copenhagen (climate) Conference. The Summit will be one of the unique opportunities to discuss core issues... I believe we are making progress. Many countries are joining us. If we can find a solution for financing, it would be easier. It could be a spring board for a successful summit at Copenhagen.' Another issue on the agenda is how to curb infant mortality by providing access to health services to children and mothers in developing countries. As far as the climate change is concerned, Brown said, 'it is important to recognise that a Copenhagen agreement must involve some understanding about different commitments countries are prepared to make about carbon emissions.' 'But equally we must be realistic that richer countries have got an obligation to provide some help in financing these carbon cuts. Richer countries have got to address it financially,' he said.