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US views J&K as disputed territory: Raphel

Press Briefing by Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Affairs Robin Raphel, and Director of Near East and South Asian Affairs for NSC Ellen Laipson, White House. April 11, 1995.

ROBIN RAPHEL: “Actually, our position has remained constant; the U.S. position even before the Clinton administration has remained constant. We view the entire formal princely State of Jammu and Kashmir as disputed territory. In our view, India and Pakistan need to get together and have serious negotiations on how to resolve this dispute and other problems between them.

We have said that it is important, of course, and a practical necessity that the wishes of the people of Jammu and Kashmir be taken into account in this process. That has constantly been our position; it hasn’t changed.”


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