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Fulfill pledge to stop infiltration: UK to Pak

August 07, 2003 09:43 IST

Asking Pakistan to fulfill its commitment to stop infiltration of militants into Jammu and Kashmir, Britain has said pending a resolution of the issue the LoC should be strictly respected.

"Pending a resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir issue, the Line of Control should be strictly respected and Pakistan should fulfill its commitment to stop infiltration across it," a spokesman of the British foreign office told PTI on Wednesday night.

Commenting on a report in a Pakistani newspaper, The News, that an international mechanism to check infiltration from across the LoC by deputing an international helicopter-borne force is under 'active consideration' in European capitals, the spokesman said, "We are not aware of any proposal for monitoring the LoC being actively considered in the European capital, Brussels."

"Secondly, verification across the LoC will be a vital element in defusing the regional tension over Kashmir and some form of monitoring along the LoC could be a part of the long-term solution but that would be for the parties themselves to decide and there is no agreement yet on the way ahead.

"If the UK was asked to assist with the verification process, we would, of course, consider the request but any arrangement would have to be acceptable to both India and Pakistan. We received no such request from either party," he said.

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