London, June 07: Britain's defence secretary Geoff Hoon has confirmed plans for an international monitoring force to patrol the line of control between India and Pakistan, newspapers here reported today.
There has been a general discussion on the need to find a practical way of giving both sides reassurance, particularly India because there have been some infiltration across the Line of Control and an international monitoring force could be suitable, the Times quoted Hoon as saying.
Hoon said the plan had been put to India and Pakistan and he indicated that although New Delhi was not yet wholly persuaded by the idea of such a force, it had not rejected the idea out of hand, reported the broadsheet.
We're willing to look at every option to give Pakistan and India a reason not to launch an attack at each other, added Hoon.
The guardian quoted him as saying that Britain would be willing to play a part subject to the right conditions.
We'd have to look at what was expected of them (the troops). We can't put people into a situation of great danger if they were not able to do the job effectively, added Hoon.
Defence Minister was speaking to reporters in Brussels, where he was joined by fellow NATO defence ministers for the first formal session of the recently created NATO-Russia Council.