March 2, 2009 4:26:11 am
Union External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee has said Pakistans non-implementation of commitments given to India not to permit territory under its control to support terrorism has put composite dialogue process over the past four years under stress. He was delivering a lecture on Co-operative development,peace and security in South and Central Asia at the premises of Jadavpur University on Sunday.
Pakistans response on February 12,admitting that elements in Pakistan were involved in Mumbai attacks,is a positive first step. At the same time they need to do more. The perpetrators of the attack should be brought to justice and Pakistan must dismantle the infrastructure of terrorism in its territory to prevent recurrence of such attacks. Until these actions are taken,the threat to terrorism from Pakistan will remain a major challenge to India and this region, said Mukherjee.
He also stressed on the fact that in spite of the situation the Government had consciously decided not to discontinue people-to-people level contacts and road and rail links and had kept open the channel of communication with Pakistan.
On the issue of conflict in Sri Lanka,Mukherjee said the Sri Lankan Government should use the ceasefire by the LTTE as an opportunity to move over trapped civilians to safe zones and international aid organisations like International Community of Red Cross (ICRC) should be allowed to have access to war-torn areas.
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