Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab
Mukherjee on Saturday has rejected any efforts on the part of the USA to
mediate between India and Pakistan on Kashmir issue.
statement came as a response to the media reports that US president-elect
Barack Obama was speculating on appointing former U.S. President Bill Clinton
as a special envoy on Jammu and Kashmir.
Pranab Mukherjee said that Kashmir problem remains as a bilateral problem
between these two countries and that
they were trying to resolve the problem
in the context of Simla agreement, subsequent Lahore agreement, series of
discussions which have taken place and currently within the framework of
Indian External Affairs minister was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of
curtain raiser function of BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for MultiSectoral
Technical and Economic Cooperation) summit held at Kolkata.
During a recent interview, Obama had suggested that the United States should
try to help resolve the Kashmir dispute so that Pakistan can focus on hunting
down Islamist militants on its north-western frontier- who in turn threaten
stability in Afghanistan.