‘Resolving Kashmir issue crucial for peace in SA`

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 08:54

Washington: The path to long-term peace in South Asia lies in resolving the Kashmir issue and America has has held discussions in this regard with leaders in both India and Pakistan, a top Pentagon official said.

"I`ve said a couple years ago, and I believe today...solving Kashmir unlocks the whole place, that`s the path for
long-term solutions," Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in response to a question at the
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a Washington-based
think tank.

"Very difficult issue; that isn`t going to go away, it
isn`t going to get better over time. And I have had those
discussions, actually with both Pakistani leadership as well
as Indian leadership.

"I said earlier this isn`t just about Afghanistan and
Pakistan. It`s a regional issue, and that includes India and
other neighbours. But certainly in India -- and I know that
has been for a significant period of time -- an existential
threat with respect to Pakistan. It remains today," he said.

The top US military commander said the totality of the
region is the need to focus on responsibly so that it doesn`t
deteriorate into "either a civil war, a failed state with
nuclear weapons, which is huge danger to the future not just
of the region but of the world".

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 08:54
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