Thu, May 08, 2003 - Page 5 News List

Pakistan returns India's offer of reconciliation talks


Pakistan has matched India's moves to restore transportation links and full diplomatic ties with its South Asian rival, and is pressing for peace talks to include discussions of the two countries' nuclear arsenals.

But yesterday, militants waging a violent secessionist battle in Indian Kashmir vowed to continue their fight, and an Indian newspaper in New Delhi quoted unnamed government officials as saying Pakistan's peace offerings were inadequate.

The back-and-forth peace proposals came ahead of a visit by US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage to the region. He was to arrive in Pakistan late yesterday for talks today with Prime Minister Zafarullah Khan Jamali and President Pervez Musharraf.

Jamali presented Pakistan's peace proposals on Tuesday, saying he hoped that Pakistan and India could resolve their differences.

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