`Indo-Pak talks only to bridge trust deficit`
India on Wednesday said that the foreign minister-level talks with Pakistan should not be construed as resumption of Composite Dialogue, as it was only an exercise to bridge the trust deficit between the two countries.
New Delhi: India on Wednesday said that the foreign
minister-level talks with Pakistan should not be construed as
resumption of Composite Dialogue, as it was only an exercise to
bridge the trust deficit between the two countries.
"If you look at the Thimphu text there is nothing about
the dialogue at all -- the mandate for the foreign ministers
and foreign secretaries is to bridge the trust deficit -- that
is going to be the main thrust of our discussions," External
Affairs Minister S M Krishna told a news channel.
Krishna said that the central point of his dialogue with
his Pakistan counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi would be to
explore ways to eliminate the distrust between the two
"... that will be the starting point and if we can hit
common ground then other substantial issues can be taken up,"
Noting that Home Minister P Chidambaram will be visiting
Pakistan ahead of him, Krishna said his (Chidambaram`s)
assessment of the situation will form the basis on which the
foreign ministers discussions would proceed.
"The Home Minister is going ahead of me and he is going
to meet the Pakistani leadership and he is going to place all
the facts so far collected with reference to terrorist
activities directed against India from Pakistani soil by
"I am sure he will be able to present India`s case and
then let us see what is the response from the Pakistani side
and then he is going to come back and present his assessment
and that will be the basis on which our discussions will
proceed," Krishna said.
He underlined that unless there is action against terror,
things at the government level will remain the same.
"Unless there is action on terror, perhaps I might go to
Islamabad, Foreign Minister Qureshi might come to Delhi,
things at the government level, I am afraid, will remain the
same," Krishna said.
"We would like to make a major breakthrough on terror,"
Asked about he referring to a transformation in Indo-Pak
ties in Parliament, the minister said he meant that a new
beginning has to be made for which the two countries must be
"When I said transformation, I mean that a new beginning
has to be made and for that new beginning both the countries
must be ready. I found in Thimphu that the mindset of Pakistan
is ready to accept a transformation," Krishna said.