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Sunday, August 15, 2010 11:44:03 AM, Agencies

Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh addressing the Nation on the occasion of 64th Independence Day from the ramparts of Red Fort, in Delhi on August 15, 2010.

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday said he wants to resolve differences with Pakistan through dialogue but much progress cannot be made unless terrorism emanating from its territory ends.

"Whatever differences we have with our neighbouring countries, we want to resolve them through discussions. As far as Pakistan is concerned, we expect from them that they would not let their territory be used for acts of terrorism against India," Singh said addressing the nation from the ramparts of the majestic Red Fort on the 64th Independence Day.

He said India has been emphasising this in all its discussions with Pakistan.

"If this is not done, we cannot progress far in our dialogue with Pakistan," Singh said.

He underlined that India wants prosperity, peace and harmony in its neighbouring countries.

Recalling his recent talks with political parties in Jammu and Kashmir, the Prime Minister said it would be his endeavour to take this process forward and the government was ready to talk to every person or group which abjures violence.

Kashmir, integral part of India
Asserting that Kashmir was an integral part of India, Singh said, "Within this framework, we are ready to move forward in any talks which would increase the partnership of the common man in governance and also enhance their welfare."

He expressed "deep regret" over the recent cycle of violence in Jammu and Kashmir in which young men lost their lives.

"The years of violence should now end. Such violence would not benefit anyone. I believe that India's democracy has the generosity and flexibility to be able to address the concerns of any area or group in the country," Singh said.

Internal Threat

In an apparent reference to the economic blockade of Manipur, the Prime Minister said such "unpleasant incidents" can only harm the country.

He underlined that discussion and dialogue were the only options to resolve complex issues and offered to take forward every process of talks which could lead to progress in resolution of problems.

"I would like to convey to our countrymen, especially our citizens in Jammu and Kashmir and in the North East, that they should adopt democratic means to join hands with us for their and the country's welfare," Singh said.


Appeal to Naxals
In a fresh bid to bring the Maoists to the table, Dr. Singh appealed to them to abjure violence, come forward for talks and to join hands with the government for accelerated social and economic growth in the backward areas.

“We will deal firmly with those who resort to violence. I once again appeal to Naxalites to abjure violence, come to talks with government and join hands with us to accelerate social and economic development,” he said.

Committing to his government’s resolve to deal firmly on internal security, Dr. Singh said the Centre would provide “all possible help” to States to “maintain the rule of law” in areas affected by Naxalism.

The Prime Minister also promised to fully implement the consensus that emerged in the meeting he held with Chief Ministers of Naxal-affected States and stressed the importance of both the Centre and State governments working together to meet the challenge posed by the ultras.

“It is imperative that the Centre and the States work together to meet the challenge of Naxalism. It would be very difficult for any State to tackle this problem without cooperation from the Centre and coordination between States.

We all need to rise above our personal and political interests to meet this challenge,” he said.




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