Celeste calls for bilateral dialogue on Kashmir
13 June 2000
Bhopal: The United States believed that a solution to the Kashmir imbroglio was possible only through a bilateral dialogue between India and Pakistan, US Ambassador to India Richard Celeste said here today. Addressing a press conference at the end of his 36-hour visit to Bhopal and some neighbouring places, Celeste said ''such a bilateral dialogue between the two nations should take into account the interests of the people of Jammu and Kashmir''. He said that when President Bill Clinton visited India about 11 weeks back, he had even maintained that there should be no violation of the Line of Control between India and Pakistan. Celeste also pointed out that Clinton had during his Indian visit, stressed the need for India to resolve its own problems without any outside interference. Asked if the US favoured third-party mediation on the Kashmir dispute, he said such mediation could take place only if both India and Pakistan agreed to it.