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We are committed to peace: Musharraf

By Suman Guha Mozumder at the United Nations
September 16, 2005 02:01 IST
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Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf said September 15 that both India and Pakistan are making progress towards peace and resolution of conflicts, with both Islamabad and ND showing commitment and resolve.

 

This was shown in his meeting with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last night. 

 

"This commitment and resolve to solve the problems was shown last night during my meeting with the Indian prime minister," Musharraf said at a press conference at the United Nations today.

 

He said there was no point is bringing accusations and counter-accusations such as India saying cross border terrorism and Pakistan calling it a freedom struggle.

 

"I don't want to get bogged down in semantics causing problems," Musharraf said.

 

"This leads to chicken-or--egg situation," he said, dismissing suggestions from a section of the media that no progress had been made in last night's meeting.

 

"I can say it with confidence that there is a commitment on both sides to move the process forward."

 

He pointed to steps such as the bus service and cultural delegations between the two countries as examples of forward movement in the peace process.

 

He also said that the two countries would develop a consensus on how to move forward. "But I would not like to discuss that at this point before we have reached some concrete position," he said. "After all, issues such as Kashmir are sensitive, and if anyone thinks it will be resolved overnight, (that cant happen), it will take time."

 

Musharraf sounded very optimistic and painted a positive picture of where the peace process was headed, and pointed to next month's meeting between the foreign ministers for the two countries as evidence of progress.

 

 

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Suman Guha Mozumder at the United Nations