BISHKEK: Pakistan and India have agreed to respect the 2003 Ceasefire agreement in order to reduce tensions between the two countries.
In an interview in Bishkek‚ Adviser to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said that during his meeting with Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khursheed‚ they have agreed that the existing mechanism in this regard shall be used more effectively.
He said we have two mechanisms at present including the two D.G (MOs) talk regularly every Tuesday and a Joint Working Group on Cross LoC CBMs at level of Joint Secretaries or D.G of Ministries of Foreign Affairs.
The Advisor conveyed concern and disappointment that the momentum which the two Prime Ministers had created for the peace process and the composite dialogue‚ soon after the new government took over the Pakistan in June this year has been arrested by the unfortunate incident of six August.
He also emphasized that the objective of establishing durable peace in South Asia is of such paramount importance that it should not be held hostage to electoral politics or the process allowed to be derailed by a single incident.
He said considering the likelihood of a meeting between the two Prime Ministers we have agreed to use diplomatic channels to finalize the agenda for such a meeting keeping in view the progress made so far in various working groups and in back channel contacts.