Kasuri Hails President Bush's Remarks On Kashmir
28 February 2006
Associated Press of Pakistan
Islamabad: Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri has welcomed President Bush's statement in which he said that Pakistan and India should settle the Kashmir issue as it has affected the entire subcontinent.Talking to Voice of America he said, obviously, 'We are trying to solve the issue bilaterally and are also engaged in the composite dialogue for the last two years.' Kasuri said, although the two countries have made enough progress in many areas like people to people contacts and trade, but unfortunately the desired progress has not been made on the issue of Kashmir. However, some Kashmir specific confidence-building measures took place including the commencement of Muzaffarabad-Srinagar bus service, non- traditional travel documents for Kashmiris and the visit of Hurriyat leaders to Pakistan and interaction with our leadership. But more steps are needed to be done in this regard, he added. To a question he said, it is true that ultimately Pakistan and India have to find the solution. But President Bush's statement that the solution be acceptable to Pakistan, India and Kashmiris is the same which Pakistan and President Musharraf are saying for a long time. However, the international community's attention on the issue is a positive change, he added. He further said, 'We are hopeful that President Bush's visit will yield positive results in this regard. We want a durable peace with India, but history tells us that for this purpose, the Kashmir issue be solved. And we are trying on this count', he added.