Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says India will reduce the number of its troops in Indian Kashmir if there is an end to separatist violence and militant infiltration from the Pakistani side.
A spokesman for Mr. Singh, Sanjay Baru says he made the remarks during his talks Monday with leaders of Kashmir's main political separatist alliance.
Mr. Singh also agreed to review all cases of Kashmiris held in detention, and to safeguard against human rights violations in the Himalayan territory.
Mr. Singh met with a five-member delegation of moderate Kashmiri separatists headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq -- the leader of an umbrella separatist group known as All Parties Hurriyat Conference.
The discussions are part of a wider peace process between India and Pakistan and precede Prime Minister Singh's meeting with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf next Wednesday in New York.