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Pakistan Won't Accept Line of Control As International Border - 2004-11-18


Pakistan says it will not accept the existing military Line of Control dividing Kashmir as an international border and urged dialogue to resolve the decades-old dispute with India.

The Pakistani statement comes a day after Indian Prime MInister Manmohan Singh began his first visit to Kashmir and declared that India will not accept any Pakistani proposal that involves redrawing the Line of Control.

Pakistan and India are to begin a formal dialogue on Kashmir next month as part of a peace process begun earlier this year. Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz is due to arrive in New Delhi next week.

The Indian prime minister ends his visit to Kashmir on Thursday. His commanders there have told him that infiltration of militants from Pakistan has gone down sharply in the past year. India has already withdrawn 1,000 troops from Kashmir. Pakistan called the move a positive step.

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