Gilgit-Baltistan: US State Department Posts New Maps of India and Pakistan

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WASHINGTON: The US State Department says it erred in its depiction of disputed Kashmir in maps on its website and after six weeks has posted revised ones (http://www.state.gov/p/sca/ci/pk/).

Spokeswoman expressed relief  on Wednesday the new maps of India and Pakistan were now online and complied with US cartographical policy.

The new maps have a dashed line for the 1972 Line of Control that divides Kashmir. Nuland said that reflected its unresolved status.

India and Pakistan have fought two wars over the Himalayan territory, and each claim the portion that the other controls.

Indian journalists have repeatedly raised the map issue since complaints emerged in late November.

India objected that all of Jammu and Kashmir was not shown as part of India. Pakistan also complained.

The previous controversial maps, which showed parts of Jammu and Kashmir as part of Pakistan, was removed by the State Department in November after India’s strong objection.

India maintains that the entire State of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of the country.

“I’m thrilled and relieved to tell you that we have now put the revised maps up on our website,” she said.

“What you will see when you look at these maps is that they reflect the fact that the United States takes no position on the dispute and urges all the parties to seek a peaceful resolution to resolving the claims,” she said.

“What you’ll see on the maps is consistent with what the US geographic position has been consistently: that there is a dashed line representing the 1972 Line of Control, reflecting Kashmir’s unresolved status,” Nuland said.

“We neglected to actually label that dotted line in the last round of maps. It has now been labeled. The maps also add our standard disclaimer with regard to Kashmir that says that names and boundary representations are not necessarily authoritative. As I said, that reflects the fact that this is in dispute and the US takes no position on the dispute,” she said.

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