Monday, July 12, 2010

US terms Kashmir Valley protest India’s internal matter

By Our Correspondent

Dawn.com, Sunday, 11 Jul, 2010

Kashmiris shout pro-freedom slogans during a protest against the   killings of youth in Srinagar.—AP

Kashmiris shout pro-freedom slogans during a protest against the killings of youth in Srinagar.—AP

WASHINGTON: The United States said on Saturday that it would like Indian and Pakistani foreign ministers to discuss the Kashmir dispute when they meet in Islamabad later this month.

US State Department’s deputy spokesman Mark Tone also told journalists that the current situation in Indian occupied Kashmir was India’s internal issue and asked protesters to conduct agitations in a peaceful manner.

“We always support dialogue between India and Pakistan,” Mr Toner said when asked if Kashmir should be discussed between the two countries.

“We regret the loss of life in this incident. It is an internal Indian matter. We respect the efforts of the government of India to investigate and resolve the current situation in Kashmir,” he said, adding that the United States had always encouraged India and Pakistan to resolve all its differences through dialogue.

“In terms of the protest, we would just urge everyone to refrain from violence and conduct protest in a free and peaceful manner,” said the US official.

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