No place for third parties in solving Jammu and Kashmir, other bilateral issues, says Syed Akbaruddin
Shreerupa Mitra-Jha | October 14, 2014
India on Tuesday told Pakistan that all bilateral issues, including the contentious one of Jammu and Kashmir, can be resolved only through talks, and that Islamabad’s tactic of taking it to the United Nations would not work.
New Delhi’s response comes on the backdrop of Sartaj Aziz, adviser to the Pakistan prime minister on national security and foreign affairs, writing to UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon on the recent border tension and seeking intervention of the global body.
On Tuesday, ministry of external affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said "well known tactic" of Pakistan has not worked earlier and it will not work even now. Addressing the media, he said the “only route” for dialogue is "from Islamabad via Lahore to New Delhi, and if you divert the road to New York it will not serve any purpose. There is no place for third parties".
The MEA reiterated that the only framework in which all outstanding issues can be resolved and peaceful ties can be built between the two countries are the ones both have agreed to: the Simla Agreement and the Lahore declarations. "We are ready for a serious dialogue which will cover all outstanding issues," Akbaruddin said.
Responding to firing along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir, the MEA spokesperson said, "We will not accept violence in the border and along the LoC. It is up to Pakistan to de-escalate the situation and restore tranquility."
Earlier, Pakistan's freshest attempts to draw UN intervention on the J&K issue failed to cut ice with the global body. The UN, according to reports, reiterated that the two neighbouring countries need to resolve all differences through dialogue to arrive at a long-term solution to the dispute.