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'Violence Will Not Solve Kashmir's Problems'

Usual homily from the US state department.

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'Violence Will Not Solve Kashmir's Problems'
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Press Statement by Richard Boucher, Spokesman of the US State Department, Washington, DC March 24, 2003 on the brutal killings in Nadimarg

The United States is deeply disturbed and saddened by yesterday’s horrific terrorist attack south of Srinagar. The cowardly attack appears aimed at disrupting the bold efforts of the Kashmir state government led by Mufti Mohammed Sayeed to restore peace and religious harmony to the troubled state.

Secretary of State Powell phoned Indian Foreign Minister Sinha this morning to express U.S. condemnation of this brutal attack and to extend condolences to the wounded and to the families of the victims.

Violence will not solve Kashmir’s problems. Such acts are intended to disrupt the program of the state government in Kashmir, which is attempting to reduce tensions and promote reconciliation. Dialogue remains a critical element in the normalization of relations between India and Pakistan.
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Released on March 24, 2003

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