Attack on Lankan players a matter of grave concern: Mukherjee

March 6th, 2009 - 5:27 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Mar 6 (ANI): External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Friday said that the attack on Sri Lankan cricket players was a matter of grave concern to the entire world, and charged Pakistan with not having the will to fight terrorism.

Pakistan failed in providing security to Sri Lankan cricketers, which is a matter of grave concern to the entire world, Mukherjee said on the sidelines of the India Today Conclave.

Mukherjee urged the international community to join hands to fight this menace, adding that India is also capable of neutralizing the impact of the economic crisis than any other government in the world.

With an investment rate of close to 40 percent and a saving rate of a similar range it is easy for the government to deal with the menace, Mukherjee said.

Former French Prime Minister Dominique De Villepin said the world needed a global law to deal with terrorism.

No cause can justify terrorism. I appeal to the United States to take the initiative for firming up an international alliance to achieve the desired objectives, Villepin said.

He said religious extremism is the root cause for terrorism in any country.

Villepin also supported granting India membership of the UN Security Council.

India is emerging at the world stage and it is high time it is granted the membership of the UN Security Council besides becoming the permanent member of the G-8 group of Nations, he added. (ANI)

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