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India Considers Granting Greater Autonomy to Kashmir

India says it would consider granting autonomy to the disputed region of Kashmir to help make peace with Pakistan, but added it will not redraw its borders.

India's Foreign Minister Natwar Singh said at a news conference Thursday, that as far as regional autonomy is concerned, "the sky is the limit."

Mr. Singh also said a solution based on autonomy in Kashmir would require "a great deal of hard work, goodwill and trust" between the two sides and would not happen overnight.

The Indian minister said he presented this option to Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, who ended a visit to New Delhi on Wednesday.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has also said India would never agree to redraw its borders to resolve the dispute over Kashmir.

But Pakistan insists it cannot accept the military Line of Control in the region as an international border.

Some information for this story provided by AFP and Reuters.