Source Pravda.Ru

Pakistan and India talk on Kashmir

Senior Foreign Ministry officials from Pakistan and India held talks Thursday on their bitter dispute over the Himalayan region of Kashmir and reviewed progress in a peace process aimed at ending decades of hostile relations.

Indian Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran and his Pakistani counterpart, Riaz Mohammed Khan, were meeting for two days of talks at the Foreign Ministry in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, according to the AP.

Khan said after Thursday's session that the Kashmir dispute could take a long time to settle but that the two countries should not break off dialogue, which he described as a "historic opportunity."

"Some of the issues are very complicated issues. They are not going to be resolved overnight," he told reporters.

Saran was scheduled to speak at a separate news conference later.

The officials also discussed the agenda for talks when Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh meet Sept. 14 on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly session in New York.