New Delhi, January 23 : The participants of two-day seminar, Delhi Dialogue through a joint resolution called on the governments of India and Pakistan to evolve a result-oriented and monitorable mechanism of dialogue to resolve the Kashmir dispute.
The joint declaration passed at the seminar organised by Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation, New Delhi and Jinnah Institute, Islamabad, which was held in New Delhi says, “Recent incidents on the Line of Control (LoC) underline the need to reinforce the 2003 ceasefire agreement between India and Pakistan with new mechanisms such as increased demilitarized zones.”
The participants from India and Pakistan—comprising retired diplomats, academicians, civil society activists, media personnel, and business persons—deliberated on a variety of issues including the Kashmir dispute.
“This mechanism should include representation from both sides of the LoC aimed at a mutually acceptable resolution of the Kashmir issue,” it added.
The participants from India included Raj Mohan Gandhi, Prem Shankar Jha, Amitabh Mattoo, Salman Haider, Wajahat Habibullah, Suhasini Haider, Bharat Bhushan, Meenakshi Gopinath, Sushobha Barve and Shujaat Bukhari. From Pakistani side, the two-day deliberations were attended by former ambassadors Aziz Ahmed Khan, Shahid Malik, Industrialist Syed Babar Ali, Ayesha Siddiqa, Raza Rumi, Asad Sayeed and Salman Zaidi. They also met Indian Minister of External Affairs, Salman Khurshid and shared the joint resolution of the conference.
The participants recommended that previously agreed proposals to resolve longstanding issues such as Siachen and Sir Creek should be accepted immediately so that both countries can move forward in focusing on the core issues.
They said there is an urgent need to reduce the eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation on the LoC.