US anxious to see India, Pak talk, says Powell

New Delhi, January 17: | Updated: Jan 18 2002, 05:30am hrs
American secretary of state Colin Powell on Thursday said Washington was anxious to see a dialogue begin between New Delhi and Islamabad on all issues, including Kashmir, but it would not be wise on its part to commend any particular solution for the problem.

Meeting reporters in the company of external affairs minister Jaswant Singh after talks with him, he refused to disclose some ideas he discussed on Kashmir saying he would have to hold further parleys on the issue with Prime Minister AB Vajpayee and others on Friday.

Mr Powell, after his meeting with Gen Musharraf in Islamabad on Wednesday, said he would be carrying some ideas to New Delhi for further discussions. Asked whether the US would advocate conversion of LoC into international border as a solution to the Kashmir issue, he said, the question is we are anxious to see a dialogue begin between India and Pakistan on all issues including Kashmir. We hope the current tension and the situation is resolved as quickly as possible, and at the beginning of the dialogue, the US would only be standing by to help our friends and it would not be wise or responsible for him to say what the solution should be.

On New Delhi demand for Islamabad to act on its promises, Mr Powell said it was perfectly understandable for India to judge on the basis of measures taken by the Gen if they were sufficient to change New Delhis policies at the moment.

PTI