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India, Pak to pursue technical-level talks

india Updated: Aug 13, 2006 14:38 IST

India and Pakistan are expected to hold discussions on the Sir Creek border dispute this month amid assertions by officials that technical-level parleys on various issues will go ahead despite the indefinite postponement of talks between foreign secretaries in the wake of Mumbai blasts.

Officials of the two countries are expected to meet in Pakistan this month to discuss the Sir Creek issue.

No dates have been fixed yet but officials here said the expert-level meeting will take place this month as agreed on by the two sides.

"There will be no impact on the technical-level talks," an External Affairs Ministry official said.

India had indefinitely postponed the foreign secretary- level talks, proposed to be held on July 20, after suspecting the involvement of Pakistan-based terror outfits in the bomb attacks in Mumbai on July 11 that killed 200 people.

New Delhi said Islamabad was not doing enough to end cross-border terrorism.

Sir Creek is one of the eight issues under discussion under the Composite Dialogue between the two countries.

Technical experts are to discuss the extent and modalities for a joint survey in the Sir Creek area.

Hydrographers, at the same meeting, will discuss modalities and propose options for delimiting the maritime boundary off the Gujarat coast, which is disputed by the two countries.

The decision to hold technical-level talks on Sir Creek this month was taken at a meeting in New Delhi on May 26, when the two sides succeeded in narrowing down differences.