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Indian PM Singh to Meet with Kashmiri Separatist Leader


Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has agreed to meet a Kashmiri separatist leader to discuss the future of the disputed region.

Indian media say Mr. Singh invited Sajjad Lone, chairman of Kashmir's People's Conference, to talks in New Delhi on Saturday.

Mr. Singh has promised to meet with all separatist leaders from Indian-controlled Kashmir who have renounced violence.

The prime minister held his first talks with a Kashmiri group in September of last year. On that occasion, he met with moderate members of the Hurriyat Conference, an umbrella organization of Kashmiri separatists.

India has been fighting an insurgency in Kashmir for more than 15 years, which has killed at least 44,000 people. Kashmiri separatists have made various demands, ranging from independence to merging with neighboring Pakistan.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.