9th March 1997
New Delhi: Former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger today said his country had no role to play in Kashmir and it was for India and Pakistan to sort out the dispute between themselves.
"It is my personal view," he hastened to clarify while speaking at the Annual Corporate conference organised by Dow Jones, Asia Society and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). He added that "it may not necessarily be the official stance .... Yet".
Mr Kissinger said India and the United States shared a strange love-hate relationship. During the cold war era, "India played the role that we would have liked to play". On the non-aligned policy the ageing statesman said that it was not very realistic since no country could afford to be non-aligned.
India, Mr Kissinger said, would soon become a world leader and play a key role in the global decision making process. "It would be wise to include India in the Security Council... But this will rake up many issues in the United States itself," he said.
India and the United States do not have any clashing objectives. But there is no serious dialogue too. In the Indian Ocean we have certain parallel interests and we should work towards the much neglected area of central Asia.
"We have common interest in which way the oil pipelines are going as consumption of energy in the world is growing," he said.
The United States, Mr Kissinger said, is not the only yardstick for measuring or making the world order any more. "we are not a newspaper agency but a government agency. We need not he concerned about everything happening in the world".
On the nuclear issue, he said the United States was not interested in what happened internally within a country or a sub-region. But we are worried over proliferation. "We have to prevent that," Mr Kissinger stressed.
Today a world order should emerge not out of military strength but through discussions and serious dialogue between nations.
Mr Kissinger said, "today in the US we are in a process of soul searching. There are certain attitudes in the US that dictate the policies especially the foreign policy".
We measure everything by American standards. There are roughly two strands of foreign policy in the US, one says that it is a crusade while the Republicans say that the whole Third World has to be restructured.
The big issue we face is to organise the world. The world today faces fundamental changes. Each day transactions worth trillion of dollars are taking place. Nothing is determined by national boundaries. "There is more flow of economy than politics," he said.