NC not in favor of third-party mediation: Omar

Srinagar/Sumbal: National Conference on Sunday said Kashmir was a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan, and any third party can only help expedite the ongoing dialogue between the two nuclear p...

Srinagar/Sumbal: National Conference on Sunday said Kashmir was a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan, and any third party can only help expedite the ongoing dialogue between the two nuclear powers.  
 Responding to the statement by the US president-elect Barack Obama that he was considering to appoint former president Bill Clinton as special envoy on JK to help India and Pakistan resolve Kashmir dispute, Omar said the NC was not in favor of mediation by anybody on K-issue.
 "There is no doubt that Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan. The US can provide objective assistance for resolving the issue. But they can't thrust a process on Indian and Pakistan over Kashmir. It will add to the sufferings of Kashmir people," he said.   
 Party patron Dr Farooq Abdullah said if even if Obama elects Clinton as envoy to Kashmir he would only initiate a process which is acceptable to both India and Pakistan. "India wouldn't accept third party intervention in the bilateral issue," he added.

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