Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf says the Kashmir problem cannot be resolved by insisting on a referendum in the region.
This is the first time in more than 50 years that a Pakistani leader has rejected a referendum as a solution in Kashmir -- a solution India has always opposed.
General Musharraf told Pakistani news editors Monday that India and Pakistan will be frozen in time if the two do not move from their stated positions.
He said he strongly believes there are several options and a solution is possible.
President Musharraf urged the editors to launch a national debate on ways to resolve the dispute over Kashmir.
The Pakistani leader said he and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would look into various options from both sides at their next meeting.
Both countries claim the Himalayan region and the dispute has been the cause of two of their three wars.