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India, Pakistan Nuclear Talks Under Way - 2004-06-19

Diplomats from India and Pakistan began two days of talks in New Delhi Saturday -- the two regional powers' first direct meeting aimed at reducing or eliminating chances of a future nuclear conflagration.

A senior Pakistani Foreign Ministry official, Tariq Usman Haider, leading the delegation from Islamabad said his team came to the Indian capital "with a positive spirit, and [with] positive suggestions" for reducing tensions and increasing trust between the two countries.

The talks on nuclear crisis management are to focus on ways of preventing any accidental use of nuclear weapons. Delegates also are expected to discuss a possible hotline communications link between their nuclear commands.

India and Pakistan's foreign secretaries are to meet next Sunday on the two nations' bitter dispute over Kashmir and other issues.