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PM rejects talk of LoC as border

PM rejects talk of LoC as border

Author: Agencies
Publication: The Economic Times
Date: September 10, 2002

Introduction: Promises to Reaffirm India's Stand Against Terrorism During UN Meet

Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee on Monday dismissed reports of con- version of Line of Control (LoC) as the border between India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir issue, saying he had 'also heard about it'. The Prime Minister was leaving on a week-long tour to US to attend UN General Assembly session.

Talking to reporters before departure, Mr. Vajpayee also denied that there was any proposal to allow Ram Jethmalani-led Kashmir Committee to visit Pakistan to hold talks with Hurriyat leaders there. There is no such proposal before us,' he said.

He said that in his talks with US President George W Bush and other world leaders on the fringes of the UN General Assembly he would reaffirm India's determination to firmly counter terrorism across the globe.

"Our basic message is that the democracies of the world have a crucial role in countering terrorism together,' Mr. Vajpayee, who will be addressing the UN General Assembly on September 13, said.

Asked whether Washington was really keen on New Delhi's request to jointly counter cross-border terrorism backed by Pakistan, he said, 'They (US) are saying that they are fulfilling their promise and would continue to do so.' The PM said, 'In the present world situation, it is inevitable that the global war against terrorism, as well as our own determined efforts against cross-border terrorism, would figure in my various bilateral interactions in the US.'

He said during his last visit to the US, President Bush and he had "agreed on a detailed roadmap for multi-faceted development of our bilateral co-operation'.

"I hope that this process will be carried forward in my discussions with President Bush and in other meetings which external affairs minister Yashwant Sinha and national security advisor Brajesh Mishra will have with their counterparts,' Mr. Vajpayee said.

He said, 'My visit coincides with the first anniversary of the brutal terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre and a number of world leaders will be in New York both to honour the memory of the victims of that tragedy and to reaffirm the determination to firmly counter terrorism.'

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