Burns Hopes For Progress On Kashmir Issue
5 March 2008
Karachi: United States Under Secretary for Political Affairs R. Nicholas Burns has expressed the optimism that it would be up to India and Pakistan and the people of the region to look for a possibility of resolving the Kashmir issue. In an interview conveyed to Pakistan Observer by US INFO Burns said: “Of course all of us hope that there could be progress on that issue. And I think that India has done very well to have a consistent policy towards Pakistan during these last several months that have been ones of instability within Pakistan itself, given the state of emergency that was imposed, given the assassination of the late Benazir Bhutto, and also the elections that just took place in Pakistan. So India-Pakistan relations are centrally important. He pointed out that Foreign Secretary Menon and Foreign Secretary Riaz Khan have done a very fine job of moving this forward. We hope that can continue in the months ahead. Commenting on the peace process between the two countries Burns said: “Well you know, we hope that when the new government is fully put together in Pakistan and takes off, there will be an opportunity to resume forward movement on the composite dialogue between India and Pakistan, which has been so important. The relationship between the two governments over the last several years has been very good. Pakistan and India have made a lot of progress on the difficult issues that had previously separated them. And of course it’s in the interest of the entire world that India and Pakistan have a normal, businesslike relationship free of the sense of crisis that appeared in the late 1990s and early in 2001 and 2002.