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UK-US talks to impact Kashmir parleys

December 14, 2012

LONDON: The ultimate outcome of the Indo-Pakistan negotiations on Kashmir, which are to commence at Rawalpindi on Dec 26, is expected to be greatly influenced by the important policy decisions which would emerge from the Anglo-American summit meeting between President Kennedy and Premier Macmillan in the Bahamas next week.

It was reliably learnt here today (Dec 13) that on Dec 20, the second and final day of the Kennedy-Macmillan talks, such matters as the nature and extent of Western military aid to India during the next four to five years, the degree of importance the West should attach to a rapprochement between India and Pakistan on Kashmir as well as the present political and military links between the West and Pakistan would be considered.

Mr Duncan Sandys, Britain’s Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations, and Mr Harriman, both of whom were instrumental in bringing about the Indo-Pakistan talks, would join President Kennedy and Mr Macmillan on Dec 20. Among the British and American officials who are proceeding to the Bahamas in connection with the Anglo-American ‘summit’ talks on important world problems is Mr Cyril Pickard, a senior official at the Commonwealth Relations Office here who has been concerned with the Kashmir issue for many years.—Correspondent