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    Delhi sets conditions for dialogue

    Delhi sets conditions for dialogue


    NEW DELHI, July 20: India on Tuesday warned Pakistan of a stern military response to any new "intrusion" in Kashmir and said
    talks could be resumed only after Islamabad withdrew its support to militancy.
    The warning was India's first since fighting ended last week.
    "If one Kargil has met its fate then many Kargils will meet their fate," Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh told a gathering, which included Western diplomats, in the Indian capital.
    Singh said the Indian defence forces were ready in Kashmir. "If ever this manifestation repeats itself then measures similar to those
    taken in Kargil will have to be taken," he said.
    Singh said the resumption of peace talks with Pakistan could occur only after it stopped "cross-border terrorism in Kashmir", and
    respected the Line of Control (LoC).
    "The choreography of a dialogue can only then follow," he said, while answering questions at the end of his address on the need for
    India to revamp its foreign and military policies in the post-Kargil phase.
    "We would like to renew that process and we would like Pakistan to facilitate a resumption of the process by reaffirming the
    inviolability and sanctity of the LoC.
    "There is a need, for Pakistan, to abjure sponsoring, aiding or abetting cross-border terrorism... It is only right for our nation, at this juncture, to expect Pakistan will repair the damage that it has done to trust, that it demonstrates this through concrete and tangible steps."
    The foreign minister accused Islamabad of stabbing India in the back just after Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee's bus trip to
    Lahore in February.
    "Trust is not built by engaging in dialogue in winter and committing aggression in summer.
    "While India remains ready for dialogue, the pace at which it can move forward will depend entirely on when and how the state of
    Pakistan ... permits it to do so," the foreign minister said in his strongly-worded address.
    "One simple message emanating from Kargil is that adequate resources have to be made available for national defence, that the kind
    of relegation of defence needs that we witnessed in the late 1980s and 1990s is unsound policy, that technological upgradation cannot be postponed..."
    Experts say India, which spends 2.3 per cent of its GDP on its military, would require at least 5.4 billion dollars for an overhaul of
    the defence forces, which includes a million-plus army and an air force which is the world's fourth largest.-


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