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India, Pakistan discuss demilitarization of LoC

December 28, 2011 - Islamabad

Pakistan has proposed to India to move heavy artillery away from the Line of Control (LoC).

"Pakistan has proposed to India to move 120-millimetre guns some 30 kilometres away from the LoC," The Daily Times quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Abdul Basit, as saying.

"The move would help reduce casualties on both sides," Basit added.

This is one of the several proposals being discussed at the two-day talks in Islamabad between senior officials from both the nations on confidence building measures (CBM).

According to the report, Pakistan and India also agreed to extend the validity of the "Agreement on Reducing the Risk from Accidents Relating to Nuclear Weapons" for another five years and would recommended their respective foreign secretaries to move in this direction.

The significant agreement was reached between the two countries during the sixth round of the expert level talks on nuclear CBMs held in Islamabad.

During the talks, the Pakistani side was led by Munwar Saeed Bhatti, an additional secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Indian delegation was headed by DB Venkatesh Varma, a joint secretary at the Ministry of External Affairs.

The talks also signified the first formal interaction between the two countries after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Yousaf Raza Gilani met on the sidelines of the SAARC summit in Maldives last month.


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