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No mediation in Kashmir: PM

November 14, 2004 19:23 IST

India and Pakistan are working towards achieving "credible and mutually acceptable" solution to all outstanding issues, including Kashmir, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Sunday.

"There is no scope for third party intervention on Jammu and Kashmir," he said after launching the National Food For Work Programme in Aloor village in Andhra Pradesh's Ranga Reddy district. "The composite dialogue is making some progress."

On his forthcoming visit to Jammu and Kashmir, Singh said, "We want to reach out to the hearts and minds of the Kashmiri people. They have suffered a great deal.

"We want to put this chapter of violence behind us. This is my oath and thrust."

There were enough reasons to reduce the number of troops in J&K, he said. "Major reason is the reduction in infiltration largely due to the efforts of the security forces."

"The troop reduction is an experiment that we are trying. We have taken some risk. But they are not unacceptable risks."


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