HL Deb 23 May 2002 vol 635 c111WA
Lord Ahmed

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What steps they are taking to prevent the possibility of a nuclear war over the escalating tension between India and Pakistan along the line of control and international borders. [HL4367]

Baroness Amos

My right honourable friend the Prime Minister has spoken several times during the current crisis in South Asia to President Musharraf and Prime Minister Vajpayee. My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs is in frequent contact with his Indian and Pakistani counterparts and other international partners about this issue. He most recently spoke to his Indian counterpart on 18 May. We are urging Pakistan to clamp down visibly and definitively on terrorism, in line with the commitments given in President Musharraf's speech of 12 January. We continue to impress on both countries that their differences will best be resolved through dialogue, not violence.