- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 4, 2003

SINGAPORE, Feb. 4 (UPI) — India Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna Advani called Tuesday on the international community to ostracize nations that flout U.N. resolutions on terrorism.

However, the Indian official also expressed strong opposition to unilateral military action in Iraq.

In a reference to the tense relationship between India and Pakistan over Kashmir, Advani said he did not expect the world to intervene.

"It's a problem India faces on its own," he said, "but I do expect that a conscious approach should be adopted by the whole world to see that those who violate U.N. resolutions on terrorism are not given assistance by any country. They are ostracized. This is the expectation that India has from the rest of the world."

He pointed that India has proposed a draft for a comprehensive resolution for combating terrorism in the United Nations and felt that its adoption now "would be timely."

"We need to enforce compliance by states known to be sponsoring, sheltering, funding and arming and training terrorist," he said.

While delivering a lecture on "New Approaches to Security and Development," Advani also stressed that unilateral military action, "which threatens peace and could lead to unforeseen negative consequences," was not the way to deal with the problem in Iraq.

"Which is why, India has been consistently of the view that the serious situation currently developing in West Asia should be peacefully resolved. As our prime minister recently said, mega powers should show mega restraint in such situations," Advani said.

Advani also said there was "a well-grounded apprehension" that Southeast Asia could have been chosen as the new theater for the spread of extremism.





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