Resolution of Kashmir issue needed for peace: Mullen

Washington, Dec 9: Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman U.S. Joint Chiefs Staff on Tuesday has said that Kashmir is a principal question which Pakistan and India have to address in the long-term security perspective. The chief urged India and Pakistan to settle the Kashmir issue, stressing that the resolution of this 62-year old dispute was important for restoring peace to the South Asian region. Addressing Washington-based foreign correspondents at the Foreign Press Centre, Admiral Mike Mullen said that Kashmir was a principal question which Pakistan and India needed to address. He said  “de-tensioning” the Kashmir border is “absolutely critical” to South Asian stability He also pledged close cooperation with Pakistan in dealing with the insurgents operating along the Pak-Afghan border.

‘In the long run, resolution of the border in the east in Kashmir is a very important outcome. Obviously, that is a principal concern to India and Pakistan. But there is a concern to many others in terms of stability of the region,’ he said.

Admiral Mike Mullen said that Kashmir was a principal question, which Pakistan and India needed to address. “In the long run, resolution of the border in the east in Kashmir is very important outcome. Obviously, that is a principal concern to India and Pakistan. But there is a concern to many others in terms of stability of the region,” he said, adding, “I think that is the key part of what needs to happen in future.”
“I think the leadership – the political leadership, the diplomatic leadership and the military leadership in both countries and in the region need to continue to encourage and also to respond because, I really do believe that “de-tensioning” that border is absolutely critical to the long-term stability in that region,” the military chief added. Agencies