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India rules out de-escalation on border

NEW DELHI, FEB. 15. India today rejected Pakistan's demand for de-escalation on the border asserting it would continue to take the necessary steps to defend its interests till there was ``satisfactory improvement'' of the situation on ending cross- border terrorism.

On India's response to the Pakistan President, Pervez Musharraf's statement that New Delhi must take steps to de-escalate the situation, an External Affairs Ministry spokesperson, said, ``We stand exactly where we stood before.''

The steps we have taken are precautionary measures which we are perfectly entitled to take in the defence of our sovereign national interest,'' she said.

India had ``time and again'' emphasised the need for Pakistan to stop infiltration and put an end to cross-border terrorism.

The U.S. Secretary of State, Colin Powell, spoke to the External Affairs Minister, Jaswant Singh, in Madrid yesterday and briefed him on the ongoing visit of Gen. Musharraf to the U.S.

- PTI

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