Commonwealth not to intervene in India-Pakistan terror issue

February 9th, 2009 - 9:33 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, Feb 9 (IANS) The ongoing diplomatic row between India and Pakistan in the aftermath of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack is unlikely to see any intervention from the Commonwealth.

The Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma Monday said that the terror issue between India and Pakistan was not on the Commonwealth’s agenda.

“We don’t interfere with issues concerning two or three countries. The Commonwealth works by consensus on all issues,” the secretary general told IANS here.

Sharma said that he did not foresee the terror issue between India and Pakistan leading to a conflict in the 53-member country global organization.

“We have our own counter terrorism plans. We are working towards capacity building within member countries to counter terrorism. Pakistan is participating in these counter terrorism plans as well,” Sharma, who was India’s high commissioner to United Kingdom before being elected as the Commonwealth secretary general, said.

Sharma was here Monday for the inaugural function of a five-day Commonwealth Asia regional workshop at the Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP) Asia centre here.

Addressing young delegates from Commonwealth countries from the Asia region, Sharma said that young people were the hope for this world.

“It is the young people who will live in this century. Despite the concerns about environment, social conflict and terrorism, we have desperate hope from you all. Giving emphasis to youth is at the heart of the Commonwealth,” he said.

The secretary-general said that steps needed to be taken to stop youth in some countries getting attracted to terrorism. “This is a dead end,” he said.

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