US asks Pakistan to act; wants peace dialogue to continue

December 17th, 2008 - 9:49 am ICT by IANS  

Washington, Dec 17 (IANS) The US wants India and Pakistan not to let Mumbai terror attacks stall their peace dialogue while again asking Islamabad to provide all the cooperation necessary for the investigation of the assault.”Well, that’s a decision for the two governments to deal with,” State Department spokesman Robert A. Wood said Tuesday, commenting on India’s assertion that its composite dialogue with Pakistan had stalled because of the Mumbai attacks.

India has accused Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba (Let) of masterminding the Nov 26 Mumbai attacks and US and other major powers have supported its demand that Pakistan must take action against the perpetrators of the attacks and prevent future attacks from its soil.

“But obviously, we would promote continued dialogue between India and Pakistan. We think that’s important for regional stability,” Wood said. “These are two important players in the region. Dialogue is important. We want to see tensions reduced.”

“And as we have said previous times, we want to see Pakistan provide all the cooperation necessary with regard to the Mumbai investigation,” he said.

Asked if that meant Islamabad had not yet provided cooperation, the spokesman said: “Well, I’m just saying that there’s - cooperation is what’s needed. They’ve been cooperating. We think that’s been important.”

“The Indians, I think, understand that Pakistan is trying to do, you know, what it can. But Pakistan needs to continue to work with India to try to help find out who was responsible for these attacks and bring them to justice,” he added.

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