External aid to Kashmir terrorists must end: UK
13 November 2001
The Indian Express
New Delhi: Declaring that the fight against terrorism would not end in Afghanistan, Britain on Tuesday sought an end to external support for terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. ''Britain and India are united in the war against terrorism,'' visiting British Defence Secretary Geoffrey Hoon told reporters adding that this ''fight won''t end in Afghanistan. We are against terrorism everywhere including Kashmir''. Emerging from a 90-minute meeting with Defence Minister George Fernandes, Hoon, who arrived in New Delhi on a day''s visit this morning, said: ''What is being achieved in Afghanistan should send a strong message to terrorists worldwide.'' Britain, he said, has ''long called for an end to external support for terrorism in Kashmir, and we condemn all acts of violence there''. Maintaining that the UK supported Indian initiatives, Hoon said a peaceful future for the region would be attained only through dialogue. Replying to a question on Pakistan''s support to cross-border terrorism in Kashmir, Hoon said: ''We unreservedly condemn those who seek to foster terrorism not in their own country but in other countries as well.'' He said Britain would use all its influence to ensure that such form of terrorism could not continue on the basis it has operated in the past. Stating that Britain and India have both suffered from scourge of terrorism, he said: ''A peaceful future for the (South Asian) region will only be attained through dialogue and I support Indian initiatives.'' Hoon said the September 11 attacks in the US had brought home the fact that terrorism in any form could not be tolerated, adding the campaign in Afghanistan was the beginning of new all-out fight against terrorism.