- The Washington Times - Monday, September 23, 2002

What about Kashmir?
Mohammad Anwar Khan was in Washington last week to ask a simple question at the National Security Council, the State Department and in Congress.
If the United States can pressure the United Nations into facing its responsibilities with Iraq, why doesn't Washington do the same thing concerning U.N. resolutions on India-controlled Kashmir?
"The situation has remained unresolved for more than 50 years," Mr. Khan, president of the semiautonomous Pakistan-controlled area of the disputed province, told Embassy Row.
The United Nations in 1948 called on India to allow a referendum on independence for the Muslim-majority population in the Indian portion of the province divided between India and Pakistan. Indian-controlled Kashmir is in the middle of state elections with a second round scheduled for tomorrow.
Mr. Khan said he doubted the elections will solve anything.
"Nobody is against elections, but the people of Kashmir are looking for self-determination."
The region has erupted into frequent violence as India accuses Pakistan of sheltering Islamic terrorists trying to force India to surrender the province.
Mr. Khan denounced terrorism and insisted on a peaceful solution to the dispute.
"They say infiltration is increasing," Mr. Khan said. "If they can monitor the infiltration and say it is increasing, why can they not catch these people? I am a former military officer. I know that if you can see a person, you can kill him."

Diplomatic traffic
Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:
Today
President Alvaro Uribe of Colombia, who meets Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz. On Wednesday he meets President Bush, Vice President Richard B. Cheney, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, Treasury Secretary Paul H. O'Neill, Commerce Secretary Donald L. Evans and U.S. Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick.
President Askar Akaev of Kyrgyzstan, who meets President Bush. He addresses the Center for Strategic and International Studies tomorrow.
Anatoly Kulikov, chairman of the Russian parliament's subcommittee on international crime and terrorism, who addresses the Nixon Center on Moscow's view of the war on terrorism.
Jordanian Foreign Minister Marwan Jamil Muasher, who addresses the Council on Foreign Relations. He also meets Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and congressional leaders this week.
Chen Wu Sue-Jen, the first lady of the Republic of China (Taiwan), who tours historic sites today and discusses Taiwan's transition to democracy with invited guests at the American Enterprise Institute tomorrow. She attends a congressional reception in her honor on Wednesday.
Amatzia Baram, director of the Jewish-Arab Center and the Gustav Heinemann Institute for the Study of the Middle East at Israel's University of Haifa, who addresses the Middle East Institute on Iraq's ability to use chemical or biological weapons.
Aharon Barak, president of the Israeli Supreme Court, who addresses American University's law school on the role of the judiciary in the fight against terrorism.
Tomorrow
Bishop Malkhaz Songulashvili of the Republic of Georgia, who participates in a conference on democracy in Georgia from 2 to 4 p.m. in room 334 of the Cannon House Office Building. The event is sponsored by the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe.
Thursday
Therese Delpech, director of strategic affairs at France's Atomic Energy Commission, who participates in the Dwight D. Eisenhower National Security Conference at the Ronald Reagan Building.
Friday
Michael Cullen, New Zealand's deputy prime minister and finance minister, and Michael Moore, former director general of the World Trade Organization. Mr. Moore will attend the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.
Hong Kong Financial Secretary Antony Leung, who attends the IMF/World Bank meeting.
Nguyen Thi Canh, director of economic development studies at Vietnam's Institute for Economic Research, who addresses Johns Hopkins' School of Advanced International Studies.
Saturday
Gordon Brown, Britain's chancellor of the exchequer, and South African Finance Minister Trevor Manuel, who hold separate news conferences to discuss the IMF/World Bank meeting.


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