September 24, 2004


Indian, Pakistani Leaders to Meet in New York (Peter Heinlein, 23 Sep 2004, VOA News)

The leaders of South Asian rivals India and Pakistan are to meet Friday on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly debate in New York. The meeting, and conciliatory remarks by both during their visit to New York, are being viewed as signs that the nuclear armed neighbors may be ready to put an end to nearly six decades of hostility.

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's General Assembly speech this week was devoid of the usual criticisms of India. The only reference to their dispute over Kashmir was a statement that he believes the two sides could resolve their differences through dialogue.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh followed on that theme Thursday in his Assembly address.

"It is known that since January of this year, India and Pakistan have initiated a composite dialogue to resolve all issues, including Jammu and Kashmir," he said. "I reaffirm our determination to carry forward this dialogue to a purposeful and mutual conclusion."

The conciliatory tone of both speeches has raised hopes of an easing of the tensions that have led to three wars since independence in 1947, two of them over Kashmir.

Bill Clinton would have gotten a Nobel Prize for this by trumpeting it endlessly. The Administration achieves it in passing.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 24, 2004 10:05 AM

Well, he would have angled for the darn thing, anyway.

Posted by: ratbert at September 24, 2004 10:25 AM
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