US Refuses to link Kashmir dispute with terrorism
Srinagar, August 13 2013 (PPI-OT): The US has made it clear that Kashmir dispute is different from the broader issue of terrorism in South Asia and two issues should not be confused with each other. The US State Department spokesperson, Marie Harf, in a briefing in Washington insisted that Kashmir and extremism were two separate issues.
“I think we’re talking about two separate issues here. I’d want to make a distinction between the Kashmir issue, and the broader issue of our concern about extremism in that region. Our position on Kashmir has not changed, and I have nothing further to add on that,” she said.
Marie Harf responding to a question by an Indian journalist who tried to link the Kashmir issue with the terrorism, said, “I will emphasize that these are two separate issues and our views on both are well-known.”
Reiterating the US position of treating Kashmir as a dispute that needs to be settled in discussions between India and Pakistan, she said, “Our position on Kashmir has not changed.”
Expressing concern over the latest flare-up along the Line of Control (LoC) Harf said that India and Pakistan needed to keep taking steps to improve their trust and relationship.
“We’re aware of these reports and are concerned about any violence, as we always are along the Line of Control, and we continue to press and hope that India and Pakistan will continue the steps they have recently taken to improve their bilateral relations,” she added.
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