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Pakistan seeks world pressure on India for peace dialogue

Expressing dissatisfaction on slow progress in peace move, Pak said no terror camp exists on its soil.

india Updated: Jan 12, 2006 20:06 IST

Keen on resuming talks with India, Pakistan has expressed dissatisfaction with New Delhi'sofficial responsesand requested the international community to persuade and pressure India to come to the negotiation table.

Islamabadhas also given a guarantee on behalf of Pakistanilaw enforcement agenciesthatneither terroristtraining campexists insidethe country nor have any terrorists crossed theLineof Control(LoC), The News quoted European diplomatsinBrussels, Belgium, as saying.

One of the diplomats, who requested anonymity, said that while Pakistan agrees with India's "step-by-step" approach, it wants New Delhi to at least consider starting these discussions at the level of foreign secretaries.

"Pakistan may shortly suggest two or three dates to India for a round of Indo-Pakistan foreign secretaries' dialogue which diplomats expect to be resumed after the UN General Assembly session," the diplomat told The News.

Pakistan has conveyed to India her willingness to negotiate all conflicts through structured official dialogue at any place and any time, but Indian officials have thrown indicators that they would prefer the first round of official level dialogue to be held in Islamabad, a diplomatic source in Brussels said.

The European Union is reportedly in regular contact with foreign ministries of both India and Pakistan, encouraging them to bolster confidence building measures (CBMs), which may culminate to a structured round of official dialogue.

"I speak to foreign ministers of India and Pakistan often and I get positive indicators during our telephonic conversations that things are moving in the right direction," EU Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana told The News.

Solana is optimistic that bilateral dialogue between India and Pakistan would start soon. The diplomats, however, say there is a sharp difference of perception on priorities of issues to be discussed.

Pakistan wants issues like Kashmir and maintaining of regional peace and security to be discussed first. These can be followed by talks on other issues like Siachen, the Wullar Barrage and Tulbul Navigation projects, Sir Creek, terrorism, drug-trafficking, economic and commercial cooperation.

India, on the other hand, wants to discuss restoration of trade relations, including its demand that Pakistan declare India as a most favoured nation (MFN), before any official level dialogue is initiated.

First Published: Aug 07, 2003 11:54 IST