Kashmir is a disputed territory, says US

Washington, August 21, 2015 (PPI-OT):Ahead of National Security Advisor-level talks between Pakistan and India, the US has said that Kashmir is a disputed territory and it is for the governments of India and Pakistan to resolve the dispute. Peter R Lavoy, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for South Asian Affairs at the National Security Council of the White House, in a media interview in Washington said, “Jammu and Kashmir is a disputed territory. I think it’s up to them (Pakistan and India) to address these issues together. I expect that they probably will.

”He said that there was no change on America’s position on Kashmir. “There is no change on the US position on Jammu and Kashmir. We do acknowledge that this is a contested territory, a contested border between India and Pakistan. There is no change in US policy on that issue. We do not seek to insert ourselves in this process,” he said in response to a question. The US hoped that the two national security advisors would address all bilateral issues, including Kashmir dispute, in a direct manner and come up with a common approach to resolve them.

“We support peaceful engagement to resolve any kind of issues – territorial issues or other issues. We look forward to hopefully a very successful round of talks and an ongoing political dialogue between India and Pakistan,” Lavoy added. It is to mention hare that Pakistan Prime Minister’s Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, is scheduled to meet his Indian counterpart, Ajit Doval, in New Delhi on Sunday (August 23).

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