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India committed to peace but does not favor redrawing boundaries

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Dec 5, IRNA
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Responding to Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's suggestions to resolve the Kashmir issue, India Tuesday said it was committed to peace and removal of distrust but not in favor of redrawing of boundaries.

"India does not want this region to remain in conflict. We want the people of Pakistan and India and this region to enjoy fruits of economic development which can only come when conflict and distrust are removed," Minister of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma told reporters when asked about Musharraf's remarks in an interview to a private Indian news channel `NDTV.'

While disfavoring 'independence' for Jammu and Kashmir, Musharraf had said his country would give up claim on the state if India accepts his four-point solution that includes demilitarization and 'self- governance with joint supervision mechanism'.

Sharma said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had made India's position clear by stating the two countries should make the borders 'irrelevant'.

"We cannot redraw the map but we can make borders irrelevant," Sharma quoted the prime minister. "I think that remains India's position," he added.

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