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Pak must address terrorism first: India

Foreign Secy Shyam Saran says Pak will have to address issues of terrorism in order to proceed with peace talks.

india Updated: Sep 08, 2006 22:16 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

India has told Pakistan that it must address issues of terrorism in order to carry forward the dialogue process between the two countries.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf are likely to meet in Havana on the sidelines of the NAM summit next week.

"Unless the issue of terrorism is addressed in a substantive manner, it will be difficult to ensure the success of the talks," Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran said.

"If the meeting is satisfactory, and we see that there is a willingness on part of Pakistan to tackle what it calls the shared threat of terrorism, then India and Pakistan should be seen to be tackling the threat together," Saran replied when asked about the resumption of foreign-secretary level talks between the two countries.

Saran said both countries are working on finalising dates for the foreign-secretary level talks, which were suspended after the July 11 terror attacks in local trains in Mumbai that killed around 187 people.

India had suspected terrorists operating from Pakistan to be behind the blasts.

Pakistan has denied the charge, saying it had nothing to do with the blasts and sought evidence from India for its alleged complicity in the Mumbai terror strikes.

The suspension of foreign secretary level talks in July had cast a shadow over the future of the peace process between the two nations.

The proposed meeting between Manmohan Singh and Musharraf in Havana may just break the ice and lead to the resumption of the dialogue between the two countries.

Saran stressed that despite a temporary delay in the talks, all other aspects of the India-Pakistan peace process like the discussions between joint working groups are continuing.

First Published: Sep 08, 2006 21:03 IST