Indian PM Comments on Kashmir Conflict

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Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says that there has been no change in the U.S. policy towards India and Pakistan over the Kashmir issue.

[Manmohan Singh, Indian Prime Minister]: (English)
“I have had number of discussions with President Obama and he has said to me unambiguously there is no change in the U.S. policy towards India and Pakistan.”

Senior leader of India's main opposition Lal Krishna Advani questioned U.S. policy stating that President Barack Obama in his election campaigns has vowed to solve the Kashmir issue, if got elected.

[Lal Krishna Advani, Opposition Leader, Bharatiya Janata Party]: (hindi male)
"The new president of the United States has said many times in his election speeches, that if he got elected, he will put full force behind solving the Kashmir issue. However before that, the American policy was - we will not intervene until India and Pakistan both ask for it. If they don't ask we will not intervene and want them to bilaterally hold dialogue."

The United States wants to see ties improve between the nuclear-armed neighbors, who have fought three wars since 1947, so that Pakistan can focus on fighting militants on its Afghan border.

The U.S. welcomed the first official talks between India and Pakistan since the 2008 Mumbai attacks, which were held in New Delhi last week.

The talks ended with only an agreement to "keep in touch," signaling that relations between them remain frosty.

Kashmir, which India and Pakistan claim in full but rule in part, remains at the heart of their dispute. India accuses Pakistan of backing a 20-year revolt in Indian Kashmir. Pakistan says it only gives moral support.

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