Dispute over Kashmir could be settled in a few months
28 June 2001
The Hindustan Times
Rawalpindi: Pakistan's president, general Pervez Musharraf expressed "cautious optimism" on Thursday that the dispute with India over Kashmir could be settled in a few months. Musharraf told reporters in Rawalpindi that the long running conflict over the Himalayan region could be resolved "maybe in months if there is sincerity" on both sides. Musharraf and Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee will hold their first summit-level dialogue in the Agra from July 14 to 16 in a bid to find a solution to the Kashmir dispute. The president declined to outline possible scenarios that could restore peace between the two countries but insisted that "a solution cannot be reached without the Kashmiris."