Monday, September 20, 1999 Published at 19:39 GMT 20:39 UK
World: South Asia
No meeting of minds at UN
Both India and Pakistan are hoping to sway opinion at the UN
By South Asia analyst Alastair Lawson
The fact that the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan, Jaswant Singh and Sartaj Aziz, are not due to meet at the UN shows that relations between the countries have not improved since the end of the Kargil conflict in Kashmir.
For both countries it appears a sound opportunity to settle their differences has been missed.
Lobbying for support
Not surprisingly, Pakistan will use the UN meeting once again to try and draw international attention to the Kashmir dispute.
The Pakistani foreign minister will reiterate his country's concerns over India's nuclear doctrine which advocates the development of land, sea and air based nuclear weapons.
India for its part will be equally eager to keep up the diplomatic pressure on Pakistan since the end of the fighting in Kargil.
Delhi will be lobbying hard for the UN to endorse a convention against international terrorism because it believes this will put more pressure on what it says is Pakistan's policy of arming and training Kashmiri militants.
India will no doubt be pleased by remarks attributed to the Russian foreign minister, Igor Ivanov, over the weekend in which he was reported to have warned Pakistan not to allow its territory to be used for financing, training and transporting terrorists to the former Soviet republic of Chechnya.
US not impressed
The United States is not likely to be impressed by the incessant bickering between the two South Asian neighbours.
It wants a diminution of tension in the region, but so far that does not seem to be on the cards.
The apparent failure of Mr Aziz and Mr Singh to meet - even on the sidelines of the UN meeting - has coincided with signals from both sides that they will not sign the CTBT.
Washington is unlikely to allow President Clinton to go ahead with his proposed visit to South Asia next year unless the differences between Delhi and Islamabad are resolved.