Kashmir Situation Is Internal Indian Matter: US10 July 2010
The Indian Express
Washington DC: The US on Saturday said the current situation in Kashmir was India's internal issue and asked protestors to conduct agitations in a peaceful manner. 'We regret the loss of life in this incident. It is an internal Indian matter. We respect the efforts of the Government of India to investigate and resolve the current situation in Kashmir,' said State Department spokesman Mark Toner, adding, US always encouraged India and Pakistan to resolve all its differences through dialogue. 'In terms of the protest, we would just urge everyone to refrain from violence and conduct protest in a free and peaceful manner,' Toner said in response to a question on the latest situation in the Kashmir valley. 'We always support dialogue between India and Pakistan,' Toner said when asked if Kashmir should be discussed between the two countries when their Foreign Ministers meet in Islamabad later this month. Curfew remained in place for the fourth consecutive day on Saturday in the Kashmir Valley with some relaxation to allow people to offer Friday prayers as militants struck at three places in Sopore in North Kashmir, leaving two policemen injured.