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Indo-Pak impasse won't be broken soon: US admiral

April 13, 2011 - Washington

India and Pakistan are unlikely to resolve their outstanding disputes in the near term due to the turmoil in Pakistan, a top US commander has said.

Admiral Robert Willard, the head of the US Pacific Command, said India has made overtures to work more closely with Pakistan, and added that the United States should continue to encourage negotiations between the nuclear-armed rivals.

However, he said, a level of tension unquestionably remained across the border. Admiral Willard was briefing the Senate Armed Services Committee.

He said it was hard to imagine that Islamabad's fragile governance would rise to a level where the impasse with New Delhi could be broken.

India and Pakistan recently moved to resume peace talks that were stalled after the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. Few believe the two governments can tackle core disputes that have bedevilled relations since independence from Britain six decades ago, particularly their conflicting claims over Kashmir.

According to The Dawn, Admiral Willard noted that India regards Kashmir as a bilateral dispute with Pakistan, and is "quick to remind" the US that it is an issue for them to deal with, without any outside interference.


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