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Talks and terror cannot go together: Congress

india Updated: Jul 14, 2006 20:05 IST

Peace talks with Pakistan could be affected in the wake of the terror attack in Mumbai, the ruling Congress party said on Friday.

"It is very difficult for the nation, which faces a mayhem due to terrorism, to continue the CBMs (confidence building measures) and peace talks," Congress spokesman Abhishek Singhvi told reporters in New Delhi.

He was echoing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who, during his Mumbai visit on Friday, asked the Pakistan to take effective measures to stop terrorist from using its territory against India.

"If the atmosphere is not improved immediately, we cannot rule out anything," Singhvi said, adding that the peace process needed "the right ambience" to go ahead.

"No peace-loving nation can allow such things to happen," Singhvi said referring to Tuesday's serial bomb blasts in Mumbai and Srinagar that killed more than 200 people and injured hundreds of civilians.

Singhvi added that the party did not want the CBMs to be suspended. "India does not believe in suspending the talks or in abandoning the CBMs. But it cannot be one-way."

Asked if the ruling party would urge the government to temporarily suspend the peace talks with Pakistan, Singhvi said, "These are our party's views. It is for the government to decide on the future course of the talks."