UNITED NATIONS: UN SECRETARY GENERAL KOFI ANNAN WELCOMES TALKS BETWEEN PAKISTAN AND INDIARecord ID: 677720
- Title: UNITED NATIONS: UN SECRETARY GENERAL KOFI ANNAN WELCOMES TALKS BETWEEN PAKISTAN AND INDIA
- Date: 6th January 2004
- Summary: (U7) UNITED NATIONS (FILE) (REUTERS) WIDE OF EXTERIOR OF UNITED NATIONS BUILDING
- Reuters ID: LVA1K1BRM9RJYVB703D4Y5C6S3XP
- Location: UNITED NATIONS
- Country: USA
- Duration: 00:00:09
- Topics: General,Politics
- Story Text: U.N chief Kofi Annan welcomes breakthrough on talks
between India and Pakistan, calling it "wonderful news".
Arriving at United Nations headquarters Tuesday
(January 6)U.N Secretary General Kofi Annan hailed the
breakthrough agreement reached between nuclear-armed India
U.N Secretary General Kofi Annan hailed the breakthrough
agreement reached between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan.
Indian Prime Minister Atal Vajpayee and Pakistan's
President Pervez Musharraf announced they would hold formal
talks and both expressed confidence about settling their
dispute over Kashmir.
Annan lauded the renewed contacts between the two
nations, calling it "wonderful news" adding that "I am sure
Prime Minister Vajpayee and President Musharraf will find
the statesmanship, the leadership and the wisdom to move
the process forward."
He also said that "Improved relations between the two
countries would mean a lot for the region, not just in
terms of reducing political tensions, but also in economic
and social terms, and it would be beneficial to all the
smaller countries in the region"
The meeting on Monday between Vajpayee and Musharraf
was their first in more than two years. India accuses
Pakistan of arming and training militants fighting in
Indian Kashmir, and has refused to talk until it had
evidence Pakistan was no longer backing "cross-border
terrorism". Pakistan denies fuelling the militancy and
accuses India of major human rights abuses in Kashmir.
Secretary General Kofi Annan also spoke briefly about
an upcoming meeting at U.N headquarters with delegates from
the Iraqi Governing Council, the Coalition Provisional
Authority and senior U.N members. Annan said he hoped
senior delegates from the U.S administration would also
attend, but as yet, there is no word from the White House
whether diplomats will attend the January 19 meeting.
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