US is facilitator not mediator: Powell

Washington, June 13: Ruling out American mediation in Kashmir, Secretary of State Colin Powell sees the US role as that of a facilitator as the issue can be resolved only by the two countries themselves.

Washington, June 13: Ruling out American mediation
in Kashmir, Secretary of State Colin Powell sees the US role
as that of a facilitator as the issue can be resolved only
by the two countries themselves.

“ ... I think that the us, working with our international
partners as we have in this current crisis, we can play a role
in facilitating a dialogue between the two sides. And I have
commited to them that we would stay engaged ... And that is
our intention,” he told reporters.

Speaking to correspondents aboard his plane en route back
to Washington from Canada and at a press conference in Canada,
Powell reaffirmed that there will be no American mediation on
Kashmir.

“ I have told President Pervez Musharraf and I have told
External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh, and the President
(George W Bush), I think, has also communicated in his
conversations, that we do plan to stay engaged.”

“ We just don't want to see an end to the current crisis
and then wait for the same problem to raise the crisis again
at some point in the future. So we will stay engaged.”

Powell said, “The principal role we will be playing is a
facilitator of dialogue. We don't intend to mediate, adding
the issue can only be resolved between the two parties.”

“ To the extent that we now have, frankly, excellent
relations--US to Pakistan and US to India,” he said.

Bureau Report

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