A moderate Kashmiri separatist leader says the United Nations has failed to resolve the decades-old Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan, and now it is time to consider new ideas and proposals.
The remark was made Thursday by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq -- the chief of an alliance of Muslim separatist groups in Indian Kashmir known as the All Parties Hurriyat Conference. He made the comment after his talks in Islamabad with President Pervez Musharraf, who also says the UN-proposed referendum is not the answer.
The United Nations passed resolutions in 1948 and 1949 calling for Kashmiris to vote on whether to join India or Pakistan. Although Pakistan and Kashmiri separatists have constantly urged implementation of those resolutions, India has always objected.
India controls two-thirds of Kashmir and Pakistan controls the rest. The nuclear-armed rivals have fought two wars over the region since their independence from British rule in 1947.