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Kashmir Dispute Solution Lahore Declaration

The Lahore Declaration

In response to an invitation by the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, the Prime Minister of India, Atal Behari Vajpayee, visited Pakistan from February 20-21, 1999, on the inaugural run of the Delhi-Lahore bus service.
The two leaders held discussions on the entire range of bilateral relations, regional cooperation within SAARC, and issues of international concern. The two Prime Ministers ultimately signed the Lahore Declaration embodying their shared vision of peace and stability between their countries and of progress and prosperity for their peoples. The Lahore Declaration provided the following:

“Sharing a vision of peace and stability between their countries, and of progress and prosperity for their peoples.
Convinced that durable peace and development of harmonious relations and friendly cooperation will serve the vital interests of the people of the two countries, enabling them to devote their energies for a better future;

Recognizing that the nuclear dimension of the security environment of the two countries add to their responsibility for avoidance of conflict between the two countries.

Committed to the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations, and the universally accepted principles of peaceful co-existence.
Reiterating the determination of both countries to implementing the proliferation.

Convinced of the importance of mutually agreed confidence building measures for improving the security environment

Recalling their agreement of September 23, 1998, that an environment of peace and security is in the supreme national interest of both sides and that the resolution of all outstanding issues, including Jammu and Kashmir, is essential for this purpose
Have agreed that their respective Governments:

  1. Shall intensify their efforts to resolve all issues, including the issue of Jammu and Kashmir.
  2. Shall refrain from intervention and interference in each other’s internal affairs
  3. Shall intensify their compositor and integrated dialogue process for an early and positive outcome of the agreed bilateral agenda
  4. Shall take immediate steps for reducing the risk of accidental or unauthorized use of nuclear weapons and discuss concepts and doctrines with a view to elaborating measures for confidence building in the nuclear and conventional fields, aimed at prevention of conflict.”

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