Patten asks Pak to implement UN resolution on terrorism

European Union commissioner for external relations Christopher Patten has asked Pakistan to fulfil its commitment to implement the UN resolutions against terrorism as well as President Pervez Musharraf's pledge to crackdown on militants.

European Union commissioner for external relations Christopher Patten has asked Pakistan to fulfil its commitment to implement the UN resolutions against terrorism as well as President Pervez Musharraf's pledge to crackdown on militants.

“In the next couple of days, I would be talking about regional issues in every diplomatic and geographical direction. One other thing where I would be drawing attention is the UN Security Council resolution, 1373, which Pakistan and EU have signed and the relationship with that resolution and the current events,” said Patten.
He is in Islamabad for talks with Musharraf to reduce Indo-Pak tensions and is also scheduled to visit New Delhi.

He referred to Musharraf's Jan 12 speech in which the military ruler banned several militant groups for indulging in terrorist activities and promised to crackdown on them.
Patten said EU was keen that Musharraf kept his promises and crackdown hard on the militants.

In another development, a group of nine African ambassadors based in Islamabad today appealed to India and Pakistan to resolve their differences through a dialogue.
The ambassadors who met at the South African embassy to brief press on the first summit of the African union scheduled to be held in July at Durban, said that African people were also concerned over the possibility of the present tensions between India and Pakistan escalating into a full-fledged conflict.

Bureau Report

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