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'No Support For Raising J&K Issue In UNSC'

The official spokesperson on the Yashwant Sinha's meeting with Colin Powell and Pakistan raising the J&K question in the UNSC.

'No Support For Raising J&K Issue In UNSC'
'No Support For Raising J&K Issue In UNSC'
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Navtej Sarna: Shri Talmiz Ahmad currently Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Sultanate of Oman in succession of Shri K.M. Meena. He is expected to take up his assignment shortly. 

Second announcement is on the state visit of H.E. Mr. Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of the Republic of Djibouti from 18-23rd of May 2003. The details of the programme are available to you in the press release. I may just add that the talks are expected to cover a wide range of issues pertaining to bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest and a number of agreements are likely to be signed. Besides Delhi, the President will be also visiting Agra, Bangalore and Mumbai.  

As you know the External Affairs Minister is in Moscow today. He has had a meeting today with the US Secretary of State Mr. Colin Powell. We have a read out from the meeting. Some of you may have seen from the wires emanating from Moscow. I understand that the meeting lasted for one hour and bilateral issues as well as other issues including UN Resolution on Iraq, developments in South Asia and follow up to the visits of Principal Secretary  and National Security Adviser to the United States and that of Richard Armitage to India.

It was a very cordial, friendly and relaxed meeting. The External Affairs Minister explained the rationale behind the Prime Minister’s recent initiative and particularly the rationale behind adopting a step-by-step approach to the entire process. It was clear from the conversation that the US accepts the validity of such an approach and shares the view that it will be best for a successful re-engagement to take place between India and Pakistan following such an approach.

The External Affairs Minister stressed the fundamental importance of ensuring that the process of re-engagement is not disrupted by terrorist attacks and that an end to cross border terrorism is a practical necessity. From the US side there was understanding and acceptance of this approach.

Secretary Powell mentioned that the US side will continue to stress upon Pakistan the need to take action on cross border terrorist activities. Bilateral issues were also discussed and in this context, particularly to ensure progress on the trinity issues, the EAM and the Secretary of State decided that they would remain in touch on a regular basis to oversee progress and this contact will be part of establishing of a mechanism for periodic monitoring of progress. 

Secretary of State also briefed EAM on the latest terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia and Mr. Sinha mentioned that this attack as well as the one in Chechnya shows that international terrorism continues to raise its ugly head in different parts of the world. 

What is our view on Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Kasuri raising the Jammu and Kashmir issue in UNSC?

Navtej Sarna: Well you know the context of the debate. I understand that Pakistan referred to Jammu and Kashmir in their statement. It is not surprising. Pakistan has utilized every opportunity to raise the J&K issue in every forum  be it in NAM or SAARC and UN or some other. The fact that Pakistan has referred to J&K in their statement in the UNSC  is something that we would regret but what is important to note is that no other member country except Pakistan have raised this issue and there is no support for raising this issue in that forum. 

Do you have any reaction on the bombing incidents in Saudi Arabia?

Yes, we have a reaction. We are distressed at the bombings carried out on a night of 13th May 2003 on 3 residential compounds and a commercial establishment in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Many people have been killed and injured. We have reports that about 12 Indian nationals received minor injuries. India, which itself has been the victim of many terrorist attacks, strongly condemns such acts of terror against innocent people. We extend our deep sympathies to the family members of the victims.  

Yesterday PM in Manali said that ending cross border terrorism is not a precondition for talks to begin. Can you explain this?

I cannot explain or clarify Prime Minister’s statement. I think he has made a full statement. I think what you are referring to is only a part of the statement.  

There are some confusing reports in the media about India sending troops to Iraq. Can you clarify?

I have clarified this earlier. We have received no formal request and our policy with regard to peacekeeping operations is quite clear and well established. India has participated in such operations under UN auspices. 

Pakistan has today announced that they will release Indian prisoners. Do you have any comments?

The information that I have is that this is a follow up to Prime Minister’s Jamali’s statement of May 6, 2003, that 14 crew members of Raj Laxmi and 6 Sikh youths are to be released. We welcome this.

Is there any reciprocity from our side in terms of releasing Pakistani prisoners?

We have made several proposals and we have indicated some areas on which we have taken initiatives. For instance, the appointment and announcement of the High Commissioner – this was an area which Prime Minister Jamali had mentioned and they have followed this up. 

Malaysian Minister Samy Velu was here in Delhi. Any details on his meetings with EAM and others and …..flight .. (Inaudible)?

I don’t have  details about the flight issue. But I do know that he was here and met the External Affairs Minister and also called on the Prime Minister. He came as a Special Envoy of Prime Minister Mr. Mahathir and handed a letter from the Prime Minister to Prime Minister Vajpayee. Naturally bilateral and other issues  which were in the pipeline were discussed.

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