NEW DELHI: Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao and United Nations Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali on April 22 agreed that violence and bloodshed should be avoided in ‘Afghanistan at all costs.

Ghali told that Indian Prime Minister that the U.N. could play a role in getting a safe exit for the ousted Afghan President Najibullah only if all the parties agreed to cooperate.

During their30minute meeting, Ghali said much would depend on the situation in war-tom Afghanistan as it evolved.

The UN Secretary-General, who arrived here on April 21, after Visits to China and Cambodia, said he saw hope for optimism for a successful implementation of the peace agreement for Cambodia.

Rao described Ghali as an old friend and welcomed him to India on his first visit as the U.N. Secretary General.

Warning Hekmatyar against the use of force Vakil said Government Force had been. ‘While agreeing that strength could not be ignored ‘Afghan Foreign Minister “recently a large number groups and militias had joined the State Forces in forming a formidable coalition.

However, Vakil said the Afghans were at a ‘very decisive juncture of history and it was the duty of all groups and forces to join hands for ‘smooth transition of power in country.”

The Afghan Minister spoke even as the government forces on April 22 moved a big fleet of Russian acquired MI-25 and MI-35 helicopter gunships into the Capital’s Military Airport.

Article extracted from this publication >> May 1, 1992