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No Indo-Pak talks in near future: Fernandes

Source: PTI
May 23, 2003 11:13 IST
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Ruling out holding talks with Pakistan in the near future, Defence Minister George Fernandes on Friday said India was at present concentrating on confidence building measures.

"When we reach the time for talks it will be held, but it is not very close," he said after presenting Gallantry and Meritorious Service Medals to Coast Guard personnel at an investiture ceremony in Chennai.

Asked about the steps taken by Pakistan government to curb cross- border terrorism, he said, "Pakistan has taken some decisions and asked some terrorist leaders and groups not to venture into certain areas. To an extent it should be welcomed."

Press Trust of India

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