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Pranab for tension-free border

"As we cannot alter our neighbours, it is desirable to live with our neighbours in peace," says the new EAM. Ministers' list

india Updated: Oct 25, 2006 16:37 IST

Taking over as External Affairs Minister, Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday sent out a message to Pakistan and other neighbours that "tension-free" situation should be created on the borders to enable countries of the region to live in peace.

He steered clear of the controversy over the kind of proof collected by security agencies with regard to Pakistan's involvement in the July 11 Mumbai blasts, saying "certain evidence" had been gathered which will be shared with Islamabad.

"We cannot alter our neighbours. As we cannot alter our neighbours, it is desirable to live with our neighbours in peace and create tension-free situation on our borders with our neighbours," Mukherjee told reporters while responding to questions on Pakistani role in terror attacks in India.

Mukherjee, who has moved from the Defence Ministry, said peace and tranquility in the region as well as other parts of the world was "most important" to ensure that India succeeds in its ambition of achieving sustained high economic growth of 9-10 per cent and above.

For attaining the high economic growth, India will require investments and access to state-of-the-art technology, he said on returning to the ministry after 10 years.

The minister said peace in the world at large was also desirable as developments in one part have impact on other parts.

First Published: Oct 25, 2006 14:37 IST