Restore U.N. role: India, Russia

MOSCOW APRIL 15. India and Russia today warned of the growing threat of Islamic radicalism and stressed the need to restore the United Nations' ``vital role'' in international affairs.

The issues were discussed at a meeting between India's Ambassador to Russia, K. Raghunath, and the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Georgy Mamedov, here.

It was Mr. Raghunath's third interaction with Mr. Mamedov in as many weeks, reflecting unprecedented intensity of bilateral consultations on Iraq, which also included a visit of the Foreign Secretary, Kanwal Sibal, to Moscow at the end of March.

In a statement issued after today's meeting, the Russian Foreign Ministry made it clear the problem of Islamic radicalism was reviewed in the context of the upcoming discussion of the Indo-Pakistan standoff at a G-8 summit in Evian, France. Mr. Mamedov, who is Russia's political director in G-8, informed the Indian envoy of preparations for the summit, ``including the discussion of the Indo-Pakistan conflict in this format.

``Common understanding was expressed regarding the threat of radicalisation of the Islamic world as a fallout from the war in the Persian Gulf,'' the statement said.

In discussing post-war settlement in Iraq and tensions on the Korean peninsula the sides ``paid special attention in this connection to the need to restore the vital role of the U.N. in resolving key problems of international security (and) finding effective and legitimate multilateral answers to threats to global stability, such as terrorism and proliferation of WMDs.''

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