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Latest news Saturday, 5 September, 1998, 09:24 GMT 10:24 UK
India says Pakistan talks to resume
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Kashmir is the most contentious issue
The Indian Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee, says India and Pakistan plan to resume talks on resolving their differences, including the future of the disputed territory of Kashmir.

Mr Vajpayee was speaking in Delhi on his return from the Non-Aligned summit in South Africa.

He said the heads of the two foreign ministries had met there, and there had been forward movement in preliminary discussions.

During the summit, India complained strongly at President Mandela's suggestion that the Non-Aligned Movement should mediate between India and Pakistan over Kashmir.

But previous bilateral talks have made little progress - especially since both countries tested nuclear devices earlier this year.

The two countries have fought three wars since independence in 1947, two of them over the most contentious issue of all, the status of the divided Himalayan territory, Kashmir.

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