December 2002 News

We respect India''s concern on cross-border terrorism: US

29 December 2002
The Times of India

Washington DC: Endorsing India''s stand on Pakistan sponsored cross-border terrorism, US has said it respects New Delhi''s concern on threats to its security and asked Islamabad to put an immediate end to infiltration to pave way for dialogue between the two countries. ''We certainly respect India''s concerns about threats to its security. We are also committed to see an end to infiltration into Kashmir out of Pakistan'', US Deputy Secretary of State Christina Rocca said. Rocca was answering a question how the US can alleviate India''s concerns about cross-border terrorism which is standing in the way of a dialogue with Pakistan. In an interview to New-York based India Abroad, Rocca said ''infiltration has not ended, but we believe it has been reduced. This is an issue we will continue to raise with Pakistan''. Stressing on resumption of dialogue between India and Pakistan as the ''only sovereign remedy'' to the long-standing disputes between the two Asian neighbours, she said ''dialogue is very much in India''s interest as it is in Pakistan''s. This is our message to leaders of both countries. We hope this will be recognised soon''. ''A start should be made to resolve all the differences'', she added. On Pakistan''s supply of equipment and nuclear weapons know-how to North Korea in return for missiles, Rocca said ''Pakistan recognises very clearly the seriousness of any kind of proliferation activity involving North Korea and the impact this would have on the relationship with the United States.''


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