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Nuclear rivals unveil peace map
Pakistan Foreign Secretary Riaz Khokhar (R) and Indian counterpart Shashank
The sides have held two rounds of talks
India and Pakistan have announced a series of meetings ahead of landmark talks between their foreign ministers in late August.

The two nuclear rivals will hold six rounds of talks in Delhi and Islamabad over the next six weeks.

These will cover a range of issues, including the dispute over the Himalayan region of Kashmir.

Peace talks between the two countries began earlier this year after months of hostilities.

Border rows

Indian Foreign Minister Natwar Singh will meet his Pakistani counterpart, Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri, in Islamabad on 25 August to "review overall progress" of the dialogue process, a statement released in Islamabad said.

Ahead of that officials will hold several key meetings:

  • Islamabad 28-29 July - on the Wullur barrage row
  • Delhi 3-4 August - on "friendly exchanges"
  • Delhi 5-6 August - on the Siachen glacier
  • Delhi 6-7 August - on the Sir Creek dispute
  • Islamabad 10-11 August - on terrorism and drug trafficking
  • Islamabad 11-12 August - on economic co-operation

The Wullur barrage relates to a project which India began on the Jhelum River in 1984 which Pakistan says violates an earlier treaty between the two countries.

Both the Siachen and Sir Creek issues relate to border disputes - the former is a glacier high in the Himalayas, the latter a marshy area lying between India's Gujarat state and Sindh Province in Pakistan.

Progress

India and Pakistan have already held two round of talks during which they agreed to notify each other before testing missiles and to restore embassies to full strength.

Indian troops in Kashmir
The nations have fought two wars over Kashmir since 1947
They have also pledged to hold "sustained and serious" talks to resolve the dispute on Kashmir, over which they have fought two wars since independence in 1947.

The territory, claimed by both sides, was the main focus of the talks.

The discussions will take place amid a distinct improvement in relations between the two nations, which came close to conflict again two years ago.

Much-hyped peace negotiations three years ago failed over the wording on how to proceed on Kashmir.

Neither side has indicated if they plan to involve Kashmiri separatists opposed to Indian rule at any stage of the peace talks.


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