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India, Pakistan Reaffirm Their Commitment to Peace


India and Pakistan have ended two days of talks in New Delhi by reaffirming their commitment to peace.

Indian Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran said on Wednesday the two sides agreed to open a second bus route linking their parts of Kashmir. He said India also proposed that no new defense posts should be built by either side along the Line of Control.

He said India is not ready to redraw boundaries in Kashmir, but is ready to allow freer flow of people and goods across the de facto border.

Saran accused Pakistan of not doing enough to stem militant infiltration into Indian Kashmir, and his counterpart, Riaz Mohammed Khan, reassured him of Islamabad's commitment against terrorism.

Pakistan has expressed frustration at what it sees as India's unwillingness to engage in substantive talks to find a solution to the Kashmir dispute. Khan said the time has come for serious talks.

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