India and Pakistan Reaffirm Committment to Peace
18 January 2006
India says it is optimistic about its peace process with Pakistan after holding two days of talks with its nuclear rival. But India has accused Pakistan of not doing enough to end terrorism in Indian Kashmir.
After wrapping up two days of talks on Wednesday, the Indian and Pakistani foreign secretaries reaffirmed their commitment to peace.
But New Delhi had some tough words on terrorism, accusing Islamabad of not doing enough to stem the flow of Islamic militants from its territory into Indian Kashmir. Indian Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran expressed his country's concerns to his Pakistani counterpart, Riaz Mohammed Khan.
"Our ability to carry forward the peace process, to take this dialogue process in a friendly direction is very related to creating an atmosphere that is free of violence. In that respect, we drew attention to the fact that there is no end to cross border terrorism," he said.
Pakistan has said it is deeply committed to the struggle against terrorism.
Both countries also appeared to be far apart on the issue of Kashmir, the divided region that is claimed by both countries and has triggered their decades-long hostility.
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