New Delhi: Warning that terrorism is a
cancer which would "consume" all South Asian countries if not
checked, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday sought united
efforts to defeat the menace that has already taken a "huge
toll" on the region.
"The scourge of terrorism has taken a huge toll on all
our society. It is a cancer that if not checked will consume
us all. I would like to believe that we collectively have the
will and foresight to prevent such a disastrous outcome,"
The Prime Minister was adderssing the fifth conference of
the Association of SAARC Speakers and Parliamentarians.
Calling for resolving the "differences" among the nations
peacefully, he said the region will not be able to realise its
full potential unless it develops a culture of solving the
problems on its own.
"South Asia cannot realise its full potential unless and
until we resolve our differences peacefully and develop the
culture of solving our problems ourselves," he said adding
"others cannot solve our problems".
Talking about trade and investment, he said India was
committed to pursuing policies that benefit entire South Asia,
"We must learn to speak in one voice," he said.