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No public debate with Pak president at NAM: PM

Manmohan's remarks are in response to Musharraf's assertions over Kashmir ahead of their Havana meeting. Your say

india Updated: Sep 15, 2006 16:46 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said he had no desire to "indulge in a public discussion" with Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf ahead of his much awaited meeting with him in Havana on Saturday.

He, however, did not rule out a joint statement after the meeting that is to take place at the International Convention Centre in the forenoon on the sidelines of the summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) that both are attending.

"Well I don't want to indulge in a public discussion with President Musharraf. I look forward to meeting him and we will discuss several issues in the limited time available to us," he said as he flew from Brasilia to Havana.

He was replying to a question on Musharraf's assertion in Brussels, on his way to Havana, that Pakistan had made whatever concessions had to be made on Kashmir and it was for India now to reciprocate.

Manmohan Singh reiterated that "all issues relating to the control of terrorism" will figure in the talks.

He had earlier stated while travelling from Frankfurt to Brasilia that Pakistan will have to give credible assurances and show progress on the ground regarding putting a check on cross-border terrorism launched from its soil before India could think of resuming foreign-secretary level talks between the countries.

He said both will have limited time, "so I don't promise you I am going to discuss each and every problem.", he said in reply to another question regarding safeguarding of nuclear installations among both nascent nuclear states.

He said both countries recognised this issue as a "sensitive matter" and "there is an obligation to work together." He said there was an arrangement in place to exchange data on their nuclear installations.

Manmohan Singh confirmed that the meeting with Musharraf would take place Saturday.

Officials with him averred that the meeting, however short, is likely to see some tough talking on both sides.

Officials said the two leaders would meet in one of the suites of the ICC where the NAM summit was taking place Sep 15-16.

First Published: Sep 15, 2006 09:20 IST