January 2005 News

Musharraf enjoys public support for resolving Kashmir: Masood Khan

1 January 2005
The Daily Times

Beijing: Masood Khan, foreign office spokesman, has said President Pervez Musharraf enjoyed public support for a peaceful settlement of the Kashmir dispute. In a telephonic interview with the China Central Television (CCTV), the spokesman said President Musharraf had enunciated three guiding principles to settle the dispute. These principles were sincerity, reciprocal flexibility and courage, he said, adding, 'Practical manifestation of these principles requires statesmanship and vision on the part of the leaders of the two countries.' The interview was specially arranged during CCTV's dialogue programme on Friday night on the Indo-Pak talks. Masood Khan said President Musharraf had also proposed a four-point formula to resolve the Kashmir issue. These four points were to recognise Kashmir as a dispute, hold sustainable and composite dialogue to resolve it, eliminate solutions not acceptable to India, Pakistan and the people of Kashmir and go towards a 'win-win' solution for all the three parties, he added. The spokesman said Pakistan and India were trying to promote peace and security in South Asia. The efforts are being made through confidence-building measures and composite dialogue, he added. Taking part in the programme, members of a Chinese think-tank said the prospects for the success of Indo- Pak dialogue were bright, since the two countries were heading in the right direction. They said China welcomed the dialogue process and hoped it would lead to positive consequences and help develop regional peace and stability. Meanwhile, Liu Jianchao, Chinese foreign office spokesman, said China was looking forwards to normalising India-Pakistan relations. He said China was prepared to facilitate the peace process. The Chinese spokesman said throughout 2004, China's diplomacy had contributed to maintaining regional peace. In 2005, China would continue moving ahead with good- neighbourly and friendly cooperation, said the Chinese spokesman. 'We will constantly raise our capability of coping with the changing international situations and handling international affairs, so as to better serve the goal of building a well-off society and achieving national reunification,' he added.


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