Kashmir holds key to global war against terror: Blackwill
3 December 2002
The Times of India
JAMMU: US Ambassador to India Robert D Blackwill said on Tuesday the war against terrorism could be won only after the scourge was wiped out from Jammu and Kashmir. Talking to reporters on the conclusion of his three-day visit to Kashmir, Blackwill said he hoped the September- October elections in the state would usher in a new era of good governance. Blackwill, who also visited the Line of Control (LoC) that divides Jammu and Kashmir between India and Pakistan, said cross- border terrorism and infiltration posed challenges to the security forces. An end to cross-border terrorism was a must for return of peace to the state. Blackwill held discussions with Kashmir Governor Girish Chandra Saxena, Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Army commanders, former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah and political leaders Bhim Singh and M Y Tarigami. He hoped that ''heaven on earth'', as the state was once described, would return terrorism was put down. ''For economic development, peace is a pre-requisite,'' the ambassador maintained.