Pakistan, India will be encouraged to resolve Kashmir dispute: Obama

25 September 2008
The News International


Islamabad: US Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said he would encourage India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir problem to reduce nuclear dangers in South Asia if he was elected. The Kashmir Media Service reported Obama as saying on Thursday: The best way to reduce nuclear risks in South Asia is to reduce incentives to test and deploy new nuclear weapons, Obama said in an interview published in the journal Arms Control Today, the KMS said. Asked how would he work to reduce the risks posed by nuclear arsenals and programmes of India and Pakistan, he said, I will encourage India and Pakistan to collaborate with experts of the International Atomic Energy Agency to maximise security at the nuclear power plants and related facilities. Finally, I will continue support to the ongoing Indo-Pak efforts to resolve the Kashmir problem in order to address the political roots of the arms race between India and Pakistan, Obama said. US Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said he would encourage India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir problem to reduce nuclear dangers in South Asia if he was elected. The Kashmir Media Service reported Obama as saying on Thursday The best way to reduce nuclear risks in South Asia is to reduce incentives to test and deploy new nuclear weapons, Obama said in an interview published in the journal Arms Control Today, the KMS said. Asked how would he work to reduce the risks posed by nuclear arsenals and programmes of India and Pakistan, he said, I will encourage India and Pakistan to collaborate with experts of the International Atomic Energy Agency to maximise security at the nuclear power plants and related facilities. Finally, I will continue support to the ongoing Indo-Pak efforts to resolve the Kashmir problem in order to address the political roots of the arms race between India and Pakistan, Obama said.