Saturday, October 17, 1998 Published at 17:55 GMT 18:55 UK
World: South Asia
No progress on Kashmir dispute
Both parties believe it is important to keep dialogue open
India and Pakistan have concluded their second session of formal talks with no progress over the disputed territory of Kashmir.
The spokesman said that talks on Kashmir would continue at some time in the future.
The Pakistani Foreign Secretary, Shamshad Ahmad, said it was always unrealistic to expect much progress on so complicated an issue. But he also said that progress on Kashmir will be necessary if the two countries are to be able to move forward in other areas.
"We have agreed that the discussion on this subject of Jammu and Kashmir will be a part of a composite dialogue process," Mr Raganuth said.
Islamabad says that Kashmir should have become part of Pakistan during partition 50 years ago.
But India argues that Kashmir is an integral part of its territory and has accused Pakistan of sponsoring a separatist campaign in Indian Kashmir.
Pakistan insists it is only providing moral support for the separatists.
Relations between the two countries sank to a new low following nuclear weapons tests by both sides earlier this year.
India and Pakistan are both anxious to see the lifting of economic sanctions imposed in the wake of the nuclear tests and have moved towards agreeing to the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.
The talks on Friday and Saturday saw India and Pakistan return to the negotiating table after more than a year.