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In condemning Uri terror attack, France and Russia target Pakistan

The statements by UNSC members France and Russia openly mentioned either Pakistan or terror groups based out of Pakistan.

India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: September 20, 2016 23:21 IST ]
An army soldier in action inside Army Brigade camp during
Image Source : PTI An army soldier in action inside Army Brigade camp during terror attack in Uri

After the attack by Pakistan-based terrorists on army camp in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri on Sunday, the condemnation by international community that followed was more or less the same and almost all of them shied away from directly naming Islamabad for drastic suicide strike.  

However, the statements by two of the five Permanent Members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) openly mentioned either Pakistan or terror groups based out of Pakistan.  

While Russia was the only country that named Pakistan in its statement, France called for decisive action against terrorist groups which operate from within the territory of Pakistan. 

In a statement after the attack on Uri base, Russia said, “We strongly condemn the terrorist attack on the Indian military unit in the area of Uri in Jammu and Kashmir, which occurred on the night of 18 September. Seventeen soldiers were killed and 30 injured in the attack.” 

Expressing condolences to the kins of those killed Russia also mentioned Pathankot attack and said, “In view of the attack in the Indian air base at Pathankot in January this year, we note with concern the resurgence of terrorist attacks near Line of control.” 

“It is alarming, and according to New Delhi, the attack on military unit near the town of Uri was committed from the territory of Pakistan,” it said, mentioning India’s stand.  

France’s stand was equally embarrassing for Pakistan although it fell short of directly naming it. The statement said that France strongly supported the Indian position. 

 

"More than ever, we stand alongside India, France's strategic partner, to fight against this scourge," it said. 

Directly naming terror groups that operate out of Pakistan and said, "We call for decisive actions to be taken within the respect of international law against terrorist groups targeting India and in particular, Lashkar-e-Tayibba, Jaish-e-Mohammad andHizb-ul-Mujahideen."  

Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali, condemning the attack, told CNN-News18 news channel that the spirit of the 1971 Liberation War against Pakistan will remain in the relationship between New Delhi and Dhaka. 

Sri Lanka and Bhutan also strongly condemned the terror attack and called for sustained regional and global cooperation to eliminate the menace of terrorism. 

Sri Lanka said there was an urgent need for sustained regional and global cooperation to eliminate the menace of terrorism. 

"In the hour of grief, the Government of Sri Lanka offers its condolences to the families of the victims of the attack," the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry said adding the country had grappled with the challenge of terrorism for three decades. 

Expressing solidarity, Bhutan said it stands with India in the fight against terrorism.

"Such heinous acts of terrorism call for the need to step up international cooperation to combat the scourge of terrorism that poses a severe threat to the peace and stability of all countries," the Bhutanese Foreign Ministry said in a statement. 

In a statement, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, without taking Pakistans name, said every country is responsible for taking decisive action against terrorism emanating from its territory. 

"Germany stands resolutely at Indias side in the fight against terrorism. At the Indo-German counter terrorism consultations, which will take place in a few days time, we will further discuss the threat to our two countries societies," he said. 

He further said, "As is often the case, the terrorists aim is for the situation to escalate. They want to trigger a spiral of violence. We must not give in to this logic, including in conflicts between India and Pakistan." 

In its statement, Japan said it condemned terrorism in all forms regardless of its purposes, and strongly reiterated that no act of terrorism can be justified. 

"Japan expresses its solidarity with India in the fight against terrorism," the Japanese Foreign Ministry said. 

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, China, Canada, US and UK also issued statement condemning the ghastly terror attack.

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