Islamabad, Apr 21 : British Foreign Secretary David Miliband on Monday backed the new Pakistani Government's move to negotiate with militants, adding that there should only be reconciliation with those who shun violence.
Britain supports "reconciliation with those who are willing to reconcile," Miliband told reporters.
"Reconciliation means dividing those ideologically committed to wage a war against this country or other countries, and those able to play by non-violent constitutional rules. It is about building stability and prosperity," The News quoted him, as saying.
Miliband said that there was "clear evidence" of al-Qaeda presence in the rugged border areas between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
It must be noted that peace agreements with the pro-Taliban militants in the restive tribal areas have failed in the past.