India, Pakistan break the ice

April 01, 1997|By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE

NEW DELHI, India -- The first high-level talks between India and Pakistan in more than three years ended yesterday without any announced breakthroughs on issues that have divided the two nations for half a century, but with both sides saying they planned to continue the effort.

After more than a dozen hours of meetings over four days in New Delhi, the foreign secretaries of the two nations said their discussions had covered Kashmir, the disputed territory that has twice been the cause of war between the two countries, and a range of other military, economic and humanitarian issues.

In a four-paragraph communique, the two officials, described the talks as "frank, cordial and constructive," and said they would meet again in Islamabad, the Pakistani capital, "on dates to be mutually decided."

Pub Date: 4/01/97

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