India-Pak should resolve Kashmir through dialogue: US expert

A top American South Asia expert has said India and Pakistan should resolve the Kashmir issue through dialogue.
Alyssa Ayres, a senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations, said that the US would like New Delhi and Islamabad to resolve the issue through dialogue.
Pakistani leaders have repeatedly sought the US intervention in resolving the Kashmir dispute, but India had said that there was no room for third party mediation.
Delivering the 4th New India Lecture on “India’s Role on World Stage”, organised by the Consulate General of India here in partnership with the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF), she said “There is no role for the US (in settling India-Pakistan disputes).”
“This is not like a shuttle diplomacy in the Middle-East where countries that have problems with each other seek the US involvement to try and reach a resolution,” Ayres said, while speaking on a range of issues impacting India-US ties in a session moderated by former US Ambassador to India Frank Wisner.
She said that it has been clear over the years that while Pakistan would like the US support and mediation, New Delhi very actively doesn’t want that. “So you cannot play a role, if both parties to the dispute are not seeking that role”.
Ayres said India and Pakistan should be talking more but it is hard to do that when one country feels that the other is not acting in good faith.
“Of course that’s difficult. This is one of the most challenging relationships that I can see on the global stage,” she said.