Cong resolution skips Pak dialogue, China border talks

Written by Political Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Dec 21 2010, 05:32am hrs
The Congress on Monday remained silent on the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh-led governments efforts to restart the bilateral talks between India and Pakistan, which has been affected by the Mumbai terror attacks.

Describing the Mumbai attacks as dastardly, the foreign policy resolution at the Congress Plenary session on Monday said, The attack negatively impacted the relationship between India and Pakistan in which we have invested a great deal over the years for the sake of peace in our region.

Pakistan, the resolution that was passed unanimously said, must deliver with sincerity in its assurances to dismantle the terror outfits, not to allow the use of its territory for terror attacks in India and bring to justice the perpetrators (and) masterminds responsible for the Mumbai carnage.

New Delhi has put the composite dialogue process with Pakistan at pause, but there have been efforts both at the level of foreign secretary as well as external affairs minister to re-engage Islamabad and discuss all outstanding issues, including terrorism.

The resolution commended the UPA government that has effectively brought the threat of terrorism on the global agenda and has mobilised global support in condemning sponsorship of terrorism as an instrument of state policy.

In particular, the syndicate of terror operating from the soil of Pakistan was exposed in the international community, it said, adding the dastardly terrorist attack in Mumbai outraged the nation and shocked the entire world community, which unequivocally condemned it and expressed solidarity with India.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, while addressing the plenary, said, We have had a tense relationship with Pakistan. However we wish them well. We want friendly relations with Pakistan. But we know this will be possible only when our neighbour will see to it that its territory is not used for terrorist activities against us.

On relations with China, there was no mention of the border talks, but said that the engagement with China has been marked with a spirit of strategic cooperation and AICC welcomes the intensification of ties both at the party and government level, in a year which commemorates the 60 years of establishment of our diplomatic relations.

Being a large neighbour, and the largest trading partner, there are commonalities of interest and the future can be meaningfully rewarding through a spirit of partnership, the resolution said. It also placed on record AICCs appreciation for the purposeful visit of Chinese Premier Wen Jiaobao, and his successful meetings with PM and Congress President which has helped create a better understanding between the political leadership.

Referring to Sino-Indian ties, Singh in his speech said, We believe that there is a great potential for working together with China, especially in economic matters. We have some outstanding issues with them which we hope to resolve in an atmosphere of friendship.