Kashmir is India`s `internal` issue: US envoy

The US on Monday said Kashmir was an "internal issue" of India and should be resolved bilaterally through negotiations with Pakistan.

Last Updated: Nov 15, 2010, 21:28 PM IST

New Delhi: The US on Monday said Kashmir was an
"internal issue" of India and should be resolved bilaterally
through negotiations with Pakistan.

"This is an internal issue for India. It is a
bilateral issue between Pakistan and India, to discuss term,
scope, character and pace," US Ambassador Timothy Roemer said.

He was asked to comment on Pakistan objecting to the
exclusion of Kashmir from a list of disputes under the
observation of the Security Council in a speech by the UK`s
top diplomat in an annual debate on UNSC reforms here.

"The (US) President (Barack Obama), I think was very
articulate on this issue of Kashmir. This is an internal issue
for India," he said on the sidelines of a function here.

Roemer noted that during his visit, Obama had said
that he encouraged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and people of
India to engage with the government and people of Pakistan.

He underlined that whenever India and Pakistan talk,
it will be at the "pace and character" of the two countries.

On Obama announcing support for India`s bid for
permanent UNSC membership, he said the US will now work to
realise the promise.

"We are very proud about President`s announcement that
he is unequivocally and fervently in favour of India having a
permanent seat in a reformed United Nations. It was one of the
many highlights of (his) visit to India. We will be working to
see that happen," Roemer said.

PTI