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India, Pakistan to Hold Next Round of Peace Talks Next Month

India and Pakistan plan to hold a third round of peace talks in January with a focus on security, the Kashmir issue and confidence-building measures between the nuclear rivals.

The two-day talks will begin on January 17 and they will be led by the countries' foreign secretaries. They will review progress made so far and also chart a course for future negotiations.

The talks will be under a peace process that the two sides began in January 2004.

A foreign office spokeswoman in Islamabad also said that the two sides have been holding secret talks on possible reduction of forces in Kashmir and a Pakistani proposal of self-rule in Kashmir. She did not give any more details and also declined to reveal at what level the talks are being held. India has not made any comment about the talks.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.