Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday said peace talks with neighbouring Pakistan would not succeed unless Islamabad stopped cross-border terrorism, dpa reported.
In a speech delivered from the historic Red Fort in New Delhi on the country's 64th Independence Day, Singh said India wanted peace with its neighbours and to resolve differences through dialogue.
"As far as Pakistan is concerned, we expect from them that they would not let their territory be used for acts of terrorism against India," Singh said.
"We have been emphasizing this in all our discussions with the Pakistan government. If this is not done, we cannot progress far in our dialogue with Pakistan," he said.
South Asian rivals India and Pakistan fought three wars and have troubled relations since independence from British rule in 1947.
India suspended a wide-ranging peace dialogue on issues such as border demarcation, water sharing and the disputed Kashmir region in 2008 following a terrorist attack on Mumbai that killed 166 people.
New Delhi blames the attack on Pakistan-based Islamic militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba and says the state Inter-Services Intelligence agency was also involved.
But officials from both sides have been meeting over the past six months. The latest was a meeting of foreign ministers in Islamabad on July 15.