February 2001 News

India to go the "extra mile" to resolve differences with Pak

1 February 2001
The Asian Age
G Sudhakar Nair

Paris: India has said that it would go the "extra mile" to find a peaceful solution to outstanding problems with Pakistan, including the Kashmir issue, but has regretted that Islamabad is not showing any willingness to give up its "hostility" towards New Delhi. "India's latest decision to extend by yet another month the suspension of actions against militant groups (in Kashmir) demonstrates our sincere effort to go the extra mile in search of a peaceful solution," national security adviser Brajesh Mishra said here yesterday. "But terrorism and violence continue unabated and there is no indication that Pakistan is inclined to give up its hostility towards India," he said while addressing French academicians and intellectuals here yesterday. New Delhi will continue to make efforts to convey to Pakistan that the two countries could settle differences through peaceful negotiations, Mishra, who was speaking on "India and the stability of the Asian continent," said. But he warned that "they (Pakistan) cannot drag US with a pistol to the conference table," implying that Islamabad must eschew cross-border terrorism and rein in militant groups before any prospects of resumption of the stalled bilateral talks. The meeting was organised by the French institute for international relations on the sidelines of the sixth round of the Indo-French strategic dialogue underway here.


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