April 2003 News

No Talks With Pak Till Terrorism Ends: Vajpayee

14 April 2003
The Times of India

Gangtok: Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Monday ruled out any dialogue with Pakistan till Islamabad put an end to the 'continuing' cross- border terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. 'Pakistan must stop cross border terrorism to build a conducive atmosphere for talks. New Delhi has gone as far as to tell Pakistan that it is ready to hold talks on J&K if only cross-border terrorism ends in the Valley. But it is continuing. The most recent example is the one in which 22 people including women and children were massacred in the Valley,' Vajpayee told reporters here. The Prime Minister attributed the failure of the Agra Summit between the two countries to Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's refusal to consider J&K as a part of India. 'Musharraf was here for talks but that could not succeed as he refused to accept Jammu and Kashmir as part of this country,' he said at the end of his four-day visit to the hill state. The Prime Minister, however, said that India was strongly in favour of fostering and maintaining good relations with all its neighbours including Pakistan and China. He said border talks with China had been going on. 'There have been several meetings so far and yet another will take place shortly with the Chinese authorities,' he said. Vajpayee said India viewed with concern the growing Ulfa network in Bhutan which could create trouble for both the countries. 'We want Bhutan to be free of terrorism. Ulfa has set up camps there which can be dangerous for both the countries,' he said, adding talks were on between the two neighbouring countries to ensure the Ulfa camps in Bhutan were rooted out.


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