May 2000 News

US rejects appointment of envoy on Kashmir

4 May 2000
Daily Excelsior

New Delhi: The United States has rejected a proposal by some Pakistani lobbies to appoint a special US envoy for Kashmir, External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh told the Rajya Sabha today. Soon after the armed intrusion in Kargil, there was an attempt by Pakistan-backed lobbies to seek support of the members of the US Congress for appointment of special US Envoy for Kashmir. The US administration has rejected the proposal, Singh said in a written reply in the House. Government has noted both before and during his visit to India, President Bill Clinton stated that US will not mediate on Kashmir, he said. To another question, Singh said General Pervez Musharraf and several spokesmen of the military regime in their recent public statements expressed the view that India and Pakistan should resume talks, but on an agenda determined by Pakistan. India as the initiator of the dialogue process remained committed to a relationship of peace, friendship and cooperation with Pakistan, he said, adding towards that end a composite dialogue process was put in place. Pakistan continues to indulge in unprovoked firing across the Line of Control and International Borders in Jammu and Kashmir and it was the view of the Government that a proper environment for meaningful dialogue has to be restored by Pakistan for resumption of the interrupted dialogue process. While Pakistan’s call for ‘Jehad’ and other hostile propaganda against India continue unabated, General Musharraf has also reportedly repeated that he did not believe in the Simla Agreement or Lahore Declaration. (PTI)

 

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