Mumbai: Seeking greater global cooperation
to fight terror, French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Tuesday asked
Pakistan to be resolute in combating the menace, saying terror
originating from there was unacceptable.
"We know the price Pakistanis are paying for terrorism
but it is not acceptable for the world that terrorist attacks
originate from (there) or (terrorists) are trained in
Pakistan," he told a 26/11 commemorative function at
Oberoi-Trident Hotel here.
"It is not acceptable for Afghanistan and our troops
in Afghanistan that Taliban and al Qaeda should find refuge in
the frontier zones of Pakistan," Sarkozy said.
Emphasising that France values its relations with
Pakistan, he said, "A Pakistan which is democratic, stable and
prosperous, is in the interest of this region and the world."
"France will not give in to Islamist terrorists," he
said, adding that his country has intensified its efforts to
The French president praised Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh for showing restraint after the 26/11 attacks.
"We will never forget the Mumbai attacks and will be
with India so that justice is rendered," Sarkozy said.
"The Mumbai attacks made it clear that terrorism is a
criminal activity although it pretends to act for political or
religious objectives. It pretends to serve ideals but it
injures them through its acts," he said.
Terrorists from Pakistan had sneaked into Mumbai in
November 2008 and massacred 166 people. Among them were
foreigners including two French nationals.
"The (Indian) prime minister showed remarkable
restraint after the (Mumbai) attacks and is continuing the
dialogue with Pakistan and has tenaciously created the
politics of dialogue, which France supports," Sarkozy said.
"For those threatened by al Qaeda and others, it is
not enough to protect ourselves from such attacks. We must
find a way to prevent them from repeating themselves.
"It is not acceptable that terrorist groups operating
from neighbouring territories are able to threaten the
security of India," he said, adding "I count on Pakistan
authorities to show that they are resolute in combating
Comparing the Mumbai terror strikes to 9/11 attacks in
the US, he said, "We shall stand by India so that justice is
Calling for international cooperation to check terror,
he said terrorism should be outlawed universally. "We should
have true international cooperation to combat terrorism."
Sarkozy also honoured Karambir Kang of Taj Hotel and
Devendra Bharma of Trident-Oberoi for their efforts in saving
lives during 26/11 attacks with `Insignia of Officer of Ordre
National Du Merite` for distinguished service.
Sarkozy`s wife Carla Bruni and Maharashtra Governor K
Sankaranarayanan were present on stage when he made the
address at the Oberoi-Trident hotel, which was also attacked
during 26/11 strikes.