India rejects talks with Pakistan until terrorism ends
22 October 2001
The Indian Express
Lucknow: Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee said on Monday that India would not hold peace talks with Pakistan until Islamabad stopped promoting ''cross-border terrorism'' in Kashmir. His comments doused speculation that he might hold peace talks with Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf on the fringes of a United Nations General Assembly meeting next month. Both countries are under pressure from the United States to ease tensions in South Asia. ''There is no question of holding talks with General Musharraf until he brings an end to cross- border terrorism in Kashmir,'' Vajpayee told a news conference in Lucknow. Asked whether this also excluded talks at the UN, he said, ''There is no point in holding any kind of talks at this stage when there is no let-up in cross-border terrorism in Kashmir. Even today there was an attack in an airport in Kashmir.''