Nepal offers to mediate between India and Pakistan over Kashmir



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Pakistani Rangers (in Black) and Indian Border Security Force personnel (in Brown) perform the 'flag off' ceremony at the Pakistan-India Wagah Border Post on January 15, 2013. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh warned Tuesday that there "cannot be business as usual" with neighbouring Pakistan after last week's deadly flare-up along the border in disputed Kashmir. AFP PHOTO/Arif ALI (Photo credit should read Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)

Nepal on Saturday became the first South Asian nation to offer to “mediate” between India and Pakistan over Kashmir and cross-border militancy.

PTI while quoting  a Nepal government source reported that the country is underlining the importance of dialogue between the two arch-rivals to resolve their differences that could also lead to the revival of the SAARC.

“Peaceful talks and discussions are the best ways to resolve any problems. There may be contradictions and differences but it can be resolved through dialogue. If necessary, we can play the role of the mediator as Nepal is an independent, neutral and peace loving country,” the source told PTI.

The source, however, said that better solution to resolve the issues would be to develop better dialogue between two countries.

“We can be instrumental, but it will be better (for the two sides) to develop direct contact,” the source told a group of visiting Indian journalists.

New Delhi maintains that there is no scope for any third-party mediation between India and Pakistan over Kashmir.

“When we come together, sit together and share views then things will be resolved. In every situation, we have to sit together and try to resolve the problem otherwise things can be deteriorated,” the Nepalese source said.

Identifying terrorism as a common threat to peace loving countries, the source said, “We have to deal with the issue of terrorism”.

“I think that misunderstandings should be narrowed down and SAARC should be revitalised. It would be better to revise SAARC. I have told India that SAARC should be revitalised. We can find out amicable solutions,” the source said.

SAARC summits are usually held biennially and hosted by member states in alphabetical order. The member state hosting the summit assumes the Chair of the Association.


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