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Pakistan renews call on India to stop fencing border

IRNA

Islamabad, Dec 15, IRNA -- Pakistan asked India on Monday to stop 
erecting fences along the Line of Control (LoC), which divides 
Pakistan and India in the disputed Kashmir region, saying the United 
Nations is aware of the fencing by India. 
Foreign Office spokesman Masood Khan told weekly news briefing in 
Islamabad that the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan 
(UNMOGIP) is aware of the development. 
"Pakistan has also taken up the issue directly with India and also
members of the international community." Pakistan says that India 
has started fencing following the announcement of ceasefire along the 
LoC. 
"India is erecting fence in clear violation of the Security 
Council resolutions and bilateral agreements," the Pakistani spokesman
said. 
Asked to comment on Indian Foreign Minister`s statement on the 
development, he said bilateral agreements are binding and they are not
open to further interpretation. 
To another question the spokesman said there was urgency and 
conducive atmosphere for Pakistan and India to resume substantial 
dialogue to resolve all issues including Kashmir. "Kashmir is a core 
issue and there can be no normalization of relations without 
resolution of the problem." 
About the Indian proposal to launch bus services between the 
capital of the Indian- and Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, he said 
Islamabad and New Delhi will have to sort modalities for the purpose. 
Commenting on Indian Prime Minister`s remarks about single 
currency and open border amongst South Asian states, he said first "we
will have to resolve political issues especially the Kashmir issue". 
The spokesman said all the member countries have confirmed their 
participation in the forthcoming summit of South Asian Association of 
Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in Islamabad. 
"There is distinct possibility of Indian prime minister`s 
meetings with Pakistani leaders," he told to a questioner. 
TK/TSH/212 
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