US Rules Out Mediation On Kashmir Issue
28 May 2003
The Times of India
Mumbai: Strongly supporting India's move to extend a hand of friendship to Pakistan, the US Wednesday categorically ruled out any mediation on the Kashmir issue. 'Bush administration, despite constant media speculation to the contrary will not attempt to mediate on the Kashmir issue', the outgoing US ambassador to India Robert D Blackwill told a news conference here. 'There will be no American roadmaps. No American gameplan. No American substantive proposals', he said referring to Indo-Pak ties and emphasised that differences between India and Pakistan must be resolved bilaterally. Stating that he might be 'breaking a news', the US ambassador said America did not have any forewarning about Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's peace initiative at a public rally in Srinagar. 'The Bush administration did not have any hidden hand behind the Srinagar speech', Blackwill said adding that 'we have not put pressure on Indian government..we only made our preferences known'. 'The US President George W Bush's resolve is not to see the US-India relationship through the prism of Washington's interaction with Islamabad or India's differences with Pakistan', he said.