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India rejects Pak proposal for observers along LoC

April 28, 2003 19:35 IST

India on Monday rejected Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri's proposal for the stationing of observers from United Nations Security Council's permanent members and two Islamic States along the Line of Control to monitor if terrorist infiltration into India was continuing or not.

"This is not the first time Pakistan is talking of international observers and these kinds of proposals have been rejected by India," Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Navtej Sarna said at a press conference.

Asserting that the Pakistani proposal was an attempt to internationalise the Kashmir issue and pave the way for a third party mediation Sarna said, "After the statement by Prime Minister (Atal Bihari Vajpayee) we are expecting a new approach from the other side."

"If India has extended a hand of friendship the other side must also extend a hand of friendship. The door for dialogue is open for all issues including Kashmir," he added. "India is looking forward to dismantling of terrorists' camps based in Pakistan and going by the statement of Pakistan Prime Minister (Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali) we are looking forward to some response in two or three days. We will wait for it."

Only last week Jamali had in a statement from Islamabad said Pakistan would 'soon' make an offer to India for reinitiating the process of dialogue between the two nations.

Shahid Mazdoor in New Delhi