October 2001 News

UN sees more trouble brewing along LoC, J&K

29 October 2001
The Times of India
TIMES NEWS NETWORK

SRINAGAR: The chief of the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) said on Monday that the situation will become more tense not only along the LoC, but also in the whole of Jammu and Kashmir,'' in the coming days.In a highly controversial statement, the General heading the United Nations Observation Force in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday appeared to have stepped outside his brief by accusing both India and Pakistan of playing ''political games'' and said the US might have to involve itself to resolve the vexed Kashmir issue.''My assessment is that the situation will become more tense in the time coming, not only along the LoC, but also in the whole of Jammu and Kashmir state,'' head of UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), Hermann K Loidolt, said here.Describing the Kashmir issue as ''multi-layered'', he said, ''all of us are aware of the situation in Kashmir and the games both parties - India and Pakistan- are playing with this tormented region.''We all know there is no easy solution and especially war is absolutely no solution for the issue of Kashmir. Whatever the reason is for playing political games, may it be diversionary manoeuvre on the Pakistani side, to make India the real enemy instead of the US, or may it be the dawning of next election in India. It will be an issue for the US to solve,'' he said.Pakistan and India have fought three wars and the ceasefire line ''is now metamorphosed into the actual line of control though it is yet to become the international border,'' he said.''The relations between the two countries continue to revolve around those temporary agreements some of which had the UN involvement and at the moment it seems to arise as an important issue again. This time, presumably under the auspices of the US,'' Loidolt said.

 

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