May 2004 News

Sonia Assured To Resolve Kashmir: Rocca

15 May 2004
News Network International

Srinagar: US Assistant Secretary of State Christina Rocca has informed that Sonia Gandhi assured her in a one to one meeting some time ago that she will try her best to resolve the Kashmir dispute if Congress comes into power. Srinagar-based English newspaper 'Greater Kashmir' quoted assuring Christina Rocca while talking to selective group of journalists in Islamabad recently, that change of government in India would not affect the peace process going on between Islamabad and Delhi. She was optimistic about the start of Muzaffarabd-Srinagar bus service within the year 2004 She informed the Pakistani media elite that Sonia Gandhi assured her in a one to one meeting some time ago that she will try her best to resolve the Kashmir dispute if Congress comes into power. She also exchanged views on Wana operation and said that Pakistani troops showed lot of bravery in tribal area against Al- Qaeda but she showed some reservations on the amnesty declared by the Pakistani authorities for Al-Qaeda people and said that the elements involved in atrocities against the innocent must face the law. She said that US Ambassador in Afghanistan Zalmey Khalilzad is not spokesman of the State Department and his anti-Pakistan statements were his personal views. She apologised on the attitude of Zalmey Khalilzad. Christina Rocca also informed that she discussed the possibility of sending Pakistani troops to Iraq with the officials in Islamabad. She assured Pakistani officials that US will not force Islamabad to send troops to Iraq without a new UN Security Council resolution.

 

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