India rules out third party mediation in Kashmir
By News Desk
04 May 2017

NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - There is no ambiguity on the stand that Jammu & Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan and there is no room for third party mediation, says the Indian foreign ministry.

The Indian government on Wednesday asserted that there was no ambiguity on its stand that Jammu and Kashmir was a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan and there was no room for third party  mediation.

New Delhi had conveyed its position in the matter to all its foreign interlocutors on unequivocal terms, MEA spokesperson Gopal Baglay told reporters here.

His comments came in the wake of an article in the influential Chinese daily Global Times, suggesting that Beijing could consider mediating between India and Pakistan over the Kashmir issue to protect its economic interests. 
Notably the ambitious China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) also runs through Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). India has already conveyed its objection in the matter to Beijing.

The spokesperson said he normally did not react to newspaper reports. However, he would advise the Chinese media which carried the news report to first understand China’s own position on Kashmir clearly. As far as India knows, China had earlier stated that Kashmir was an issue to be resolved by India and  Pakistan.

On Turkish President Erdogan’s suggestion of multilateral talks to resolve the Kashmir issue in a television interview on the eve of his India visit, the spokesperson said the Turkish leader did not raise the matter in any way during his talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The US state department had clarified its position on the Kashmir issue after American Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley indicated that President Donald Trump could mediate between India and Pakistan over Kashmir, the spokesperson added.

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