WASHINGTON - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously voted Wednesday to confirm former Indiana Congressman Tim Roemer to be ambassador to India. During his confirmation hearing, Roemer, who has been picked by President Barak Obama, described Kashmir as an "extremely sensitive hotspot", saying he favoured Washingnton encouraging Pakistan-India talks towards resolution of the decades-old conflict. The full Senate could vote on Roemer's nomination by the end of the week. Committee Chairman John Kerry, a Democrat, praised Senator Richard Lugar, the panel's top Republican, for his help in moving quickly on the nomination. Lugar said Tuesday that he shares "the president's confidence in Tim Roemer to lead our diplomatic efforts in India at this formative moment in history." A member of the 9/11 Commission, Roemer is president of the Center for National Policy, which focuses on national security issues. Replying to a question on Kashmir, Roemer said, "I think it is an issue. It's a delicate and sensitive issue. It's one that -- we would diplomatically encourage that the Pakistanis and the Indians first of all improve theirrelationship, their ties, their trade, their exchanges, to foster peace and more prosperity in that area between their two countries. "Secondly, I think it's important to try to make sure that, where we can, in front of the scenes, behind the scenes, through diplomatic channels, encourage them to talk about this issue and hopefully resolve it between their two countries," Roemer said. The question was posed by Senator Lugar, who sought Roemer's views on the US role for resolution of the Kashmir dispute, widely considered at the heart of South Asian tensions. "I think it has been an extremely sensitive hotspot for the world and for the region, where we've almost experienced thermonuclear war on several occasions," added the high-profile nomineee, who served six terms in Congress. Roemer stated "just as the Pakistan-India negotiations and relationship is an important one to the president (Obama), the secretary (of State Hillary Clinton), this is also a delicate and important one." On the eve of November 2008 election, Obama had pledged to help resolve the UN-recognized conflict between the two South Asian nuclear powers. Top American officials have been urging resumption of Pakitan-India talks to reduce tension in the region of high-stakes interests for the United States, which has deployed thousands of its troops in Afghanistan and relies heavily on Pakistan for counterterrorism success in the region. Recently, US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs William Burns said in New Delhi that Kashmiris' wishes must be taken into account for any resolution of the dispute.