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Indo-Pak talks on Kashmir to begin Tuesday

Foreign Secy Riaz M Khan and his team will also focus on confidence-building measures during their talks with India.

world Updated: Jan 16, 2006 15:09 IST
Associated Press
Associated Press

Senior Pakistani foreign ministry officials were set to travel to India on Monday for talks on resolving the Kashmir issue, a spokeswoman said.

Kashmir is the toughest issue in India-Pakistan peace process, launched two years ago to try ending their decades of bitter feuding.

Pakistan's Foreign Secretary Riaz Mohammed Khan is leading a 10-member delegation set to leave the eastern city of Lahore on Monday for India's capital, New Delhi, said foreign ministry spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam.

The two-day meeting, scheduled to begin on Tuesday, will focus on peace and security and confidence-building measures, Aslam said. She said Pakistan was approaching the talks with a "positive frame of mind."

"We desire that there should be very quick forward movement" on resolving Pakistan-India disputes, Aslam said.

The two countries began a series of meetings in January 2004 aimed at settling issues between them, but they have made scant progress on the core problem, Kashmir.

During the peace process the archrivals have restored long-severed transportation links, eased travel restrictions and resumed sports exchanges.

They have also resumed a bus service across the heavily-militarised Line of Control that divides Kashmir between them.

Members of Kashmiri families divided by the line have been allowed to cross it to check on or help their relatives following the devastating October 8 earthquake that left about 87,000 dead in Pakistan.

First Published: Jan 16, 2006 13:46 IST