Obama's Kashmir Stand Angers Separatists

Obama's Kashmir Stand Angers Separatists

16 July 2012
India Today


Srinagar: Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Dr Farooq Abdullah said on Monday President US Barack Obama is right in saying only India and Pakistan should resolve Kashmir issue. However, Obama's statement has disappointed separatists. 'We know this from the very beginning. If Kashmir issue is to be resolved, then it will be between India and Pakistan. India has repeatedly said that it is a bilateral issue and it should be solved bilaterally,' Dr Abdullah said at a function here. According to the National Conference spokesman, Dr Abdullah said the Centre has always maintained that Kashmir is a bilateral issue between New Delhi and Islamabad and it needs to be addressed by the two countries. The National Conference President, however, expressed disappointment over the delay in resolving the issue. Dr Abdullah urged for early resolution of Kashmir issue. He advocated talks between Islamabad and New Delhi should be held at regular intervals. To separatists Obama's statement has come as a big disappointment. 'If America could play a role in right to self determination of East Timor and South Sudan, why is it reluctant to do the same for Kashmir, which is the longest running dispute in the world, Geelani asked. JKLF, chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik, termed the statements as 'unfortunate and unwise.' He said the statement was actually against the US policy on Kashmir as 'the country has always been asking for a solution to Kashmir issue according to wishes and aspirations of Kashmiri people.' On Sunday while welcoming the Indo-Pak dialogue process, Obama said, 'it is not the place of any nation, including the United States, to try to impose solutions from the outside. 'That said, nations must meet their responsibilities and all of us have a profound interest in a Pakistan that is stable, prosperous and democratic.' Ruling out any solution from 'outside' to the issue of Jammu and Kashmir, Obama underlined that disputes between India and Pakistan can only be resolved by the two countries themselves.