`India, Pak must find ways to resolve differences`

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that India and Pakistan must "find ways" to resolve whatever be the "differences" between the two neighbours.

Last Updated: Mar 31, 2011, 15:39 PM IST

Mohali: Buoyed by his cricket diplomacy,
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that India and Pakistan
must "find ways" to resolve whatever be the "differences"
between the two neighbours.

Singh also said that he and his Pakistani counterpart
Yusuf Raza Gilani reaffirmed their resolve to make every
"honest effort" to overcome difficulties coming in the way of
improving bilateral relations.

"Whatever be the differences between our two countries,
we have to find ways to resolve them," he said.

The prime minister was speaking to reporters last night
after hosting a dinner in honour of Gilani on the margins of
India-Pakistan World Cup cricket semi final match here.

Gilani on his part said that the two countries have the
"capacity and ability" to resolve bilateral issues themselves
and observed that Singh showed magnanimity by saying he is
ready to resolve all issues by "sitting together".

Singh also gave the "beautiful game" of cricket credit
in being a "uniting factor" to bring the two prime ministers
together.

"Cricket", Singh said "has been a uniting factor. It has
brought our two PMs together and I dare say that?’s a very good
beginning".

He said the "message" from Mohali is that the people of
the two countries want to live in "peace and amity".

At the dinner meeting, Singh said the two countries
"should be working together to find cooperative solutions and
need permanent reconciliation to live together in dignity and
honour".

"We should put our ancient animosities behind us to
attend to the problems of our nations," he said.

In his brief interaction with newsmen, Singh said,
"Gilani-sahab and I have had extensive discussions on
all outstanding issues and we have reaffirmed our resolve that
there are difficulties in the way but we will make every
honest effort to overcome those difficulties.

"And the message from Mohali is that the people of India
and Pakistan want to live in peace and amity and that the two
PMs have committed their governments to work in that
direction," he said.

Singh said he was "very grateful" to Gilani for "having
accepted my invitation to join me in watching this beautiful
game of cricket".

Gilani on his part termed his talks with Singh as
"positive" and said they discussed all the core issues between
the two countries.

"Talks were positive. We discussed all the core issues
between the two countries," Gilani told the Pakistan media in
a brief chat after his dinner meeting.

"We don’t want that we are unable to resolve our own
issues. We have the capacity and ability to resolve our issues
by ourselves. We held talks on all outstanding issues and
Prime Minister (Manmohan Singh) showed magnanimity by saying
he is ready to resolve all issues by sitting together", the
Pakistan Prime Minister said.

"Today`s match brought the peoples and leadership of the
two countries together. This, I believe, is the positive
outcome of today`s semifinal", Gilani said.

PTI