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Pakistani, Indian leadership want Kashmir resolution: Musharraf

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, April 26, IRNA
Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf has said both Islamabad and New Dehli have realized the importance of seizing the opportunity for lasting peace in South Asia through the resolution of long standing Kashmir dispute.

"During my talks with the Indian Prime Minister, Manmahon Singh we did not set any particular timeframe for its resolution," he said in a PTV programme Roo Beroo (face to face) telecast Wednesday night.

However, the president stressed, the peace opportunity should be availed with the tenure of the two leaders.

"We have to seize the moment and underlined that a settlement of the dispute would have to be found which is acceptable to Pakistan, India and Kashmiri people."
General Musharraf underscored the significance of addressing the underlined causes of tension between the two neighbours and said "harmony between the leadership at a particular point of history does not guarantee permanent peace".

"The past record including the Tashkent declaration, the Simla Accord and the Lahore declaration could not deliver as they do not address the core issue of Kashmir."
Responding to a question, the president said the environment that existed during his recent visit to India was far different from that one that prevailed at the time of Agra Summit in 2001. "During Agra Summit, the climate was of confrontation and now the climate is of harmony and the two leaders are in contact with each other." "It was Pakistan's proposal to open up new points at the Line of Control," he said adding, "These would facilitate the Kashmiri people and provide the convenience and comfort in traveling".

President Musharraf ruled out any possibility of unilateral flexibility on the lingering dispute and said flexibility is to be shown by the two sides.

He said that Kashmir dispute would be resolved with the support of people and vowed that he will never let down the Kashmiri people and Pakistani nation in this regard.

Saying that no U-turn has been taken on Kashmir, he added during his talks with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi, the two sides showed flexibility and sincerity by moving forward to resolve all issues including Kashmir.

The Pakistan President emphasised that there will be no unilateral flexibility.

"Both sides will have to show flexibility to move towards a final settlement of the Kashmir dispute," he added.

::IRNA No.062 27/04/2005 22:13 --End

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