Emerging Reconciliation Amidst Continuing Military Impasse ; Strategic Insights, v. 1, issue 6 (August 2002)
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High level U.S. political engagement during the last two months has resulted in a visible easing of tensions between India and Pakistan. During the visit of U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage to Pakistan on 6 June 2002, Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf pledged to end cross-border infiltration from Pakistan into Indian-controlled Kashmir on a permanent basis. India responded with a series of diplomatic and military steps, and acknowledged that the level of cross-border incidents had decreased. Pakistan, however, dismissed the steps taken by India as merely "cosmetic." During his visit to India on 12 June, U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said that the United States would want to convert this initial positive movement into a virtuous cycle of mutually reinforcing actions that would reduce tensions and create the conditions for political dialogue between the two adversaries.
This article appeared in Strategic Insights, v.1, issue 6 (August 2002). It appeared with a companion piece, Pakistan's Challenges and the Need for a Balanced Solution" by Brigadier Feroz Hassan Khan. Both pieces appeared under a header: India and Pakistan at the Precipice: Two Views
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