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I have an open mind: Musharraf

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September 24, 2004 09:24 IST

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On the eve of his meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf on Thursday said that he has an open mind on the agenda of the meeting.

"I  am going to the meeting with an open mind. There is a need for developing a relationship and an understanding and I am going there to do that. Understanding each other would be the best way to move forward the dialogue process," Musharraf said during a press conference.

The Pakistan president said he is not going to the meeting with Singh slated for Friday morning with some kind of resolution in hand. " I do not think we  are going to sit there and discuss options and then come with a solution. That will follow subsequently," he said.

"The more important thing is to judge intentions to reinforce towards moving on a path of peace through resolution of dispute," he added.

When he was reminded that there had never been a peace accord between a man in uniform in Pakistan and India, he said he was hopeful that this is what is going to happen. "I want to create a record," he said in a lighter vein.

Musharraf  said that the signals, through whatever statements have been mutually made, give positive and optimistic indications. "I am satisfied [with these].  So far, so good," Mush said.

Suman Guha Mozumder at the United Nations