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US favours status quo on Jammu and Kashmir: Spokesman

Jammu & Kashmir

Washington : The US appeared to be favouring status quo in Jammu and Kashmir and maintaining the Line of Control, but made it clear that it was entirely up to the two countries to determine the pace, scope and character of any discussions on Kashmir.

“We acknowledge ‘Azad’ Jammu and Kashmir, as well as Gilgit Baltistan as territories governed by Pakistan. We acknowledge the 1972 Line of Control as separating the administration of Jammu and Kashmir,” a State Department spokesman said.

The spokesperson was responding to a question on the US’ position on Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) along with that of Gilgit Baltistan, which has been illegally occupied byPakistan.

Recently India had asked Pakistan to vacate the territory.

The spokesperson insisted that there has been no change in America’s policy on Kashmir.

“As we have said many times, our policy on Kashmir is this: The pace, scope, and character of any discussions on Kashmir is for the two sides to determine, but we support any and all positive steps India and Pakistan can take to forge closer relations,” the official said.

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