J&K solution lies in accepting LoC: US agency
23 November 2002
The Times of India
Islamabad: A US think tank has said the solution to the Kashmir issue lies in both India and Pakistan accepting the Line of Control, even as it asked Islamabad to cease support to militants. ''The solution of the Kashmir issue lies in the division of Kashmir around the LoC rather than holding of a plebiscite as promised by the United Nations,'' excerpts of a report by the International Crisis Management Group said. ''While a plebiscite could bring sustainable peace to the region, it does not appear a practical or likely prospect,'' the ICG said in its report. ''The ultimate solution to the tension between India and Pakistan on Kashmir will involve a negotiated solution, based expressly or implicitly on a dejure division around the Line of Control,'' the report carried by local daily Dawn said. The ICG urged the US, UK, China, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations Security Council to pressure India and Pakistan to open the LoC to civilian and commercial traffic under international supervision. It said Pakistan must cease any support for militants in Kashmir and do much more to end cross-border terrorism. The report called upon India to take those of its officials to task who were allegedly involved in blatant human rights violation in the disputed areas. The ICG said there was a need for India to open the Valley for international journalists and non-governmental personnel, and urged the Indian government to ratify the First Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and all articles of the Convention against Torture.