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J&K terrorism must be condemned: Blackwill

United States ambassador to India Robert Blackwill said on Thursday that Washington recognised that the problem of terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir was part of the global war against the menace.

"Terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir is exactly the kind of terrorism that must be condemned and must be rooted out. The war against terrorism must include terrorism against India," US Ambassador Robert D Blackwill said in an interview on Thursday.

Citing the speeches made by President George W Bush and Powell, Blackwill said, "There are no exceptions with respect to countries that harbour terrorism."

"You may want a calendar, but we are now concentrating on Pakistan's contribution to the war against terrorism, which is substantial," he said when asked about US's reticence about acknowledging Pakistan's role in sponsoring terrorism in J&K.

On Powell's upcoming visit expected early next week, he said the secretary of state would be meeting Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and other senior leaders.

He would discuss mutual relations, the international war against terrorism and the situation in Afghanistan. Since he would probably be coming from Islamabad, the US-Pakistan relationship and the Kashmir issue would also come up.

On Kashmir, he said, "Our position has not changed. We are not going to become a mediator. We are extremely clear. Powell will not be getting off the plane with blueprints."

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