August 22, 2015

No talks if any issue other than terror brought up, says Swaraj


External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj addressed a press conference in New Delhi ahead of the scheduled talks between Pakistan's National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz with his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval. Aziz is scheduled to arrive in New Delhi on Sunday and hold talks with Doval on Monday.

Below are the highlights fom her conference:
*All talks between India and Pak can't be called dialogue

*Composite dialogue ended after 26/11 attacks, when dialogue was resumed but Mumbai trial progress was added to discussion

*Terror and talks can't go together, productive talks can take place in an environment free of terror and violence

*It was decided at Ufa that terror and talks would be delinked and counter-terrorism and LoC violations to be discussed at NSA talks
*After facing criticism in Pakistan, PM Nawaz Sharif decided that something should be done that NSA talks aren't held

*There was pressure even on us to call off talks after ceasefire violations
*After Udhampur attack, we were under pressure to cancel talks: Sushma Swaraj
*India will talk on all outstanding issues, including Jammu & Kashmir, when terror & violence end: Swaraj
*Will talk on all outstanding issues, including J-K, when terror ends

*We are not running away from dialogue but right atmosphere necessary

*Pakistan NSA Sartaj Aziz is welcome to come to India for talks
*In keeping with spirit of Shimla accord, please do not include Hurriyat or any other third party in talks
*In keeping with spirit of Ufa statement, please do not extend NSA talks to any issue beyond terror
*No other issues can be clubbed along with talks on terror at NSA level
*In Indo-Pak dialogue, Kashmir is never discussed at the level of NSAs
*India is not running away, we want to create the right atmosphere for talks
*Topics to be discussed at each level was mentioned clearly in Ufa statement

*Talks will not happen if third party involved or any issue other than terror brought up.


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