Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday warned the South Asian nations that the "cancer" of terrorism, would consume the region if it was not checked through united efforts.
"The scourge of terrorism has taken a huge toll on all our society. It is a cancer that if not checked will consume us all. I would like to believe that we collectively have the will and foresight to prevent such a disastrous outcome," Singh said.
Addressing the fifth conference of the speakers and parliamentarians from the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries, the PM said the member countries would have to resolve their differences themselves.
Without naming any particular country, Singh said :"South Asia cannot realise its full potential unless we resolve our differences peacefully and develop the culture of solving our problems ourselves. Others cannot solve our problems for us."
Singh stated one important lessons taught by history was that no country can prosper in isolation. "We share common borders, whether on land or sea. What happens in one country necessarily affects the other. Our destinies are bound by history as well as geography."