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India, Pak begin talks on nuclear CBMs, Sir Creek

By K J M Varma in Islamabad
December 14, 2004 13:02 IST
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India and Pakistan on Tuesday began talks in Islamabad on nuclear confidence-building measures.

A five-member Indian delegation, headed by Additional Secretary (International Organisations) in the Ministry of External Affairs Meera Shankar and her Pakistani counterpart Tariq Osman Hyder will deliberate on the CBMs, which will include a possible agreement on giving advance notice to each other before conducting missile tests.

Officials in Islamabad said the discussions are aimed at reducing the risk of accidental war and promoting strategic stability.

The nuclear CBM talks will be followed by the first round of two-day expert-level talks on conventional issues on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, top defence officials from both the countries are also meeting in Islamabad to discuss modalities to conduct joint survey of pillars in the Sir Creek area, off the Gujarat coast. India and Pakistan have differences over the pillars.

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