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Global response need to tackle Taliban: India

Pointing out that the Taliban posed a threat to all countries, India suggested a coherent global response to contain the scourge.

india Updated: Feb 21, 2009 22:24 IST

Pointing out that the Taliban posed a threat to all countries, India on Saturday suggested a coherent global response to contain the scourge.

“Taliban has been responsible for much mayhem and bloodshed in our extended neighbourhood, particularly in Afghanistan and beyond that. It is a trans-national problem which requires a coherent global response,” Minister of State for Externalo Affairs Anand Sharma told mediapersons in Hyderabad.

Replying to a query, he said India cannot have any direct involvement in Sri Lanka and favours a “negotiated settlement through a devolution which meets the legitimate aspirations of Sri Lankan Tamils”.

“We cannot be interventionist. We can only give our counsel,” he said.