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India,Pakistan should continue peace talks,says Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon asked India and Pakistan to continue with the peace dialogue.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 28, 2012 1:43:18 am

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday asked India and Pakistan to continue with the peace dialogue,saying it is “significant” for both regional and global peace. He also called for bringing the perpetrators of the Mumbai terror attacks to justice.

Ban also praised India’s “leadership role” at the UN Security Council and said New Delhi showed “great wisdom” and stuck to “principled positions” especially in the case of West Asian countries,during the Arab Spring.

Responding to a question on the recent launch of Agni-V,he also encouraged India to engage in “dialogue” to permanently eliminate nuclear weapons.

On the second day of his four-day visit,the UN Secretary General met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi,Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar and held talks with External Affairs Minister S M Krishna.

When asked about his discussion with the Prime Minister on terrorism,he said that “terrorism cannot be justified by stating any reasons or justifications”.

Referring to the Mumbai terror attack,he said: “All perpetrators of this crime should be brought to justice as soon as possible.”

He called for the international community to be “united” in the war against terrorism,as “it is not possible for a single country” to tackle the issue.

He also said that India and Pakistan should continue their dialogue on regional security and peace to enable “better,improved relations” between them.

He advocated peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue while respecting the “will” of the people there.

Hails india as un backbone

“Main yahaan aakar bahut khush hun,” said Ban Ki-moon at Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia University Friday. Discussing ‘India’s role in the family of nations’,he said as the second-largest contributor to UN Democracy Fund ($30million in past five years),India was the “backbone” of UN efforts to “prevent further conflict and keep peace”.

Urging tolerance,he said it was crucial for India to pass the test not only for itself but for the world. “I count on India to show the way.”

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