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No compromise on terror, Manmohan tells UN
T.R. Ramachandran
Tribune News Service

New York, September 15
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh declared here today India would not succumb to or compromise with terror in Jammu and Kashmir or elsewhere and emphasised that democratic governance within nations and in global institutions would also constitute a powerful weapon in meeting the global scourge of terrorism.

“We must not yield any space to terrorism. We must firmly reject any notion that there is any cause that justifies it. No cause could ever justify the indiscriminate killing of innocent men, women and children. India has faced-cross border terrorism directed against its unity and territorial integrity. We shall never succumb or compromise with terror,” Dr Singh said addressing the United Nations General Assembly marking its 60th year.

Commending the international community for being generous in setting goals, Dr Singh regrettably found it “parsimonious in pursuing them.” He described as a wise investment for the future to mobilise the resources necessary to meet the Millennium Development Goals. “Failure will only make our task in the future much more difficult and costlier when the world awaits a new deal that can spur development and create jobs on a global scale.”

Drawing pointed attention to the dual challenge faced by the developing world of managing political and social change coupled with meeting developmental aspirations, Dr Singh warned that these challenges were interlinked to the globalised world and success or failure in this double quest would have global consequences.

Stressing that the UN required urgent and comprehensive reforms, Dr Singh noted that the management of global interdependence required strong international institutions and a rule-based multilateral system.

“The reform of the UN must be based on this principle. It must include the expansion of the UN Security Council in both permanent and non-permanent categories of membership. Unfortunately, the UN suffers from a democracy deficit. Its structure and decision-making process reflect the world of 1945, not of 2005.”

Dr Singh said unless the UN became an organisation more representative of the contemporary world and more relevant to “our concerns and aspirations, its ability to deliver on the Millennium Development Goals, indeed in its charter obligations, will continue to be limited.”

The Prime Minister said just as in a democracy where the rule of law and transparency ensured that the interests of the ordinary citizen were upheld, at the global level too “we need to ensure that multilateral rules governing the flow of goods, services and capital take adequate account of the needs of developing countries.”

He called for addressing the challenge of eradicating mass poverty and pandemics like HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases.

“We need collective thinking and coordinated action to deal with the challenge of ensuring energy security even while we address the consequences of climate change. We must renew our efforts to secure the world against nuclear proliferation and to promote global nuclear disarmament. Failure to meet global challenges in a timely fashion can only turn them into unmitigated disasters eventually,” the Prime Minister cautioned.


Sarabjit case will be considered: Musharraf
T.R. Ramachandran
Tribune News Service

New York, September 15
Pakistan President Gen Pervez Musharraf has assured Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that even though Sarabjit Singh has been given the death sentence for his alleged role in bombings in Pakistan, his case will be considered on sympathetic and humanitarian grounds.

During the Indo-Pak talks late last night, Dr Singh had mentioned the case of Sarabjit Singh to Gen Musharraf in the context of the recent release of prisoners by both India and Pakistan on humanitarian grounds.

Dr Singh said the Sarabjit Singh case had raised a certain degree of anxiety for his family and emotions in Indian Punjab and the rest of the country.

General Musharraf responded by saying that even though the Sarabjit case was entwined, in legalese, his government would definitely consider the humanitarian aspect of it.


Misgivings will be removed, says Pervez
TR Ramachandran
Tribune News Service

New York, September 15
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told Pakistan President Gen Pervez Musharraf in a forthright and candid manner that continued acts of violence and terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir will inevitably “cast a shadow” over the peace process between the two countries.

Without hedging, Dr Singh underlined, the need for taking the peace process forward as it was important.

“The Prime Minister was very categorically and clearly put across the standpoint that while we are committed to the dialogue process, if the continued acts of violence and terrorism are not ended then it casts a shadow over our ability to move forward,” Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran observed here today about last night’s Indo-Pakistan talks on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

Stating that it was not possible to produce spectacular results each time India-Pakistan took takes place, the reaffirmation of taking the peace process forward was not without significance.

General Musharraf assured Dr Singh that he would do everything possible to allay India’s apprehensions.

Mr Saran stressed that no specific areas in Jammu and Kashmir were mentioned by Gen Musharraf for troop reduction. During General Musharraf’s meeting with US President George Bush, the Pakistani President had sought Washington’s good offices to facilitate the withdrawal of Indian troops from the frontier areas of Kupwara and Baramula.

“The Prime Minister made it clear that till terrorism continues it is not possible to reduce troops as it is the responsibility of the government to maintain the safety and security of the people. The assessment of the ground realities rests with his government,” Dr Singh noted.

“Once we come to the assessment that terrorism has been eliminated and violence has ended....then the question of troop reduction can be considered,” Dr Singh was quoted as conveyed having to General Musharraf.

The Indian side believes that General Musharraf’s stress on troop reduction in certain parts of J and K might be his way of telling the U S and other major powers that cross-border terrorism were on the wane. It was quite to the contrary.

On the Sir Creek and Siachen issues on which there had been speculation about a possible breakthrough, Mr Saran insisted that the meeting between the two leaders was focussed on the larger picture. At the same time, there was a reference to these issues and the two countries were addressing these taking into account mutual concerns.

Nonetheless, the Prime Minister made a pointed reference to the observations of General Musharraf on Kashmir during his address to the UNGA yesterday and regretted that “this goes back to those days which we had put behind.”

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