"We made a goof up and we fixed it and we're now back in compliance with our own cartographical policy," State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters at her daily news conference last evening. Her remarks came as she announced the posting of the new and corrected maps of India on the website of the State Department and its travel-related sites.
The previous controversial maps, which showed portions of Jammu and Kashmir as part of Pakistan, were 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," Nuland 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.