July 2002 News

J&K infiltration should end permanently: EU

26 July 2002
The Times of India

NEW DELHI: Declaring that Pakistan-backed infiltration and cross-border terrorism must end permanently, the European Union on Friday hoped that the October elections in Jammu and Kashmir were conducted without any disruption by forces of terror. ''We share India''s concerns about terrorism,'' Javier Solana, a high-ranking official of the 15-member EU, said here after a 30-minute meeting here with Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani. Solana, who also held wide-ranging talks with External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha and National Security Adviser Brajesh Mishra, said he had a detailed discussion on the ''difficult'' situation in Kashmir and international terrorism. During his discussions with Sinha, Solana, who deals with the EU''s foreign and security policy, said the Union recognised the validity of the requirement that infiltration and cross-border terrorism aimed against India must be permamently ended. Solana stressed that it was essential that there should be no disruption of the election process and the exercise of democratic choice by terrorists, an external affairs ministry spokesperson told reporters. Terming his talks with Advani as ''very interesting'', the official replied in the negative when asked if the Gujarat issue, on which EU had commented, figured in the discussions with the deputy Prime Minister. He said the EU looked forward to the holding of free and fair elections in J&K in a peaceful manner. Giving India''s assessment on the Indo-Pak situation, Sinha said Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf had reneged on his pledge to put a permanent end to infiltration and cross border terrorism including dismantling of terrorist infrastructure.


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