India cancels next meeting of SAARC

Vol 3, PW 21 (10 Nov 99) News in Brief

India has forced the cancellation of a forthcoming meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) due to be held in Kathmandu on Friday, November 26th.

Sri Lankan foreign minister Laksham Kadirgamer said India has informed SAARC, "it cannot sit down with Pakistan at this moment". Kadirgamer said that according to SAARC principles, all countries must participate in the summit.

If one party decides not to come, the summit cannot go ahead. It had been hoped that Indian prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee would meet the new military ruler of Pakistan Lt Gen Pervez Musharraf during the meeting.

Pakistani foreign minister Abdul Sattar has criticised the Indian move.