Congress committed to peace process

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  • Friday, 14 May 2004

NEW DELHI: India's opposition Congress party, which is poised to take power, said yesterday it was committed to the ongoing peace process with nuclear rival Pakistan. 

“The Congress is committed to working towards creating lasting peace in the region,” its spokesman Anand Sharma said. 

“We have consistently supported the dialogue between two countries and had urged the outgoing BJP government to continue with the process of negotiation and so there is no question of any change,” he said. 

The comments came after Pakistan expressed hope that the defeat of Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would not affect the peace process between the South Asian rivals. 

“We hope any change in the government in India will not affect the peace process between the two countries,” Information Minister Sheikh Rashid said in Islamabad. 

Vajpayee with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf at a landmark summit here in January agreed to resolve outstanding issues, including the thorny Kashmir dispute – the cause of two of the three wars between them –through dialogue. – AFP

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