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Musharraf: Hope to Settle Kashmir Debate with India


Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has expressed hope to leaders at the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit that talks with his Indian counterpart could ease Kashmir border tensions.

General Musharraf and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh are expected to meet Saturday on the sidelines of the summit in Havana, Cuba.

Unlike Pakistan's president, Mr. Singh did not speak directly about the Kashmir issue during his speech at the summit Friday. However, he urged N.A.M. leaders to renew their group's efforts against terrorism.

Both India and Pakistan claim ownership of Kashmir. The countries agreed on a ceasefire in 2003.

Kashmir is suffering from a 17-year insurgency that has killed more than 45,000 people. A number of rebel groups are fighting for independence from India or a merger with Muslim-majority Pakistan.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.