People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
April 16, 2006
Must Clarify Position'
is the full text of the letter addressed to the prime minister jointly by the
CPI(M) general secretary, Prakash Karat and CPI general secretary, A B Bardhan
on April 12, 2006 on the reported proposal for making the USA an observer in the
have learnt that there is a proposal to make the United States an observer in
the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). This is being
considered at the request of the United States government. It has been reported
in the media that the issue will be discussed in the forthcoming meeting of the
foreign secretaries of the SAARC countries when the modalities for associating
China and Japan as observers is going to be worked out.
are unable to understand the rationale for involving the United States as an
observer in the South Asian regional forum. We wonder whether India’s decision
to support the United States as an observer is an outcome of the strategic
partnership that has been worked out with the United States which necessitates
direct involvement by the latter in the region.
non-Asian powers are going to be associated with the SAARC, then other major
countries of the Asian region and Russia would have a better claim to be
would be better if the government clarifies its position in the matter. (INN)