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India's Vajpayee Promises Pakistan Peace Bid

Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee said on Friday he would make a decisive final bid to make peace with Pakistan — the “last in my lifetime.” Vajpayee, 78, who held two failed peace summits with Pakistan in 1999 and 2001, also said New Delhi would restore full diplomatic ties with Islamabad and reopen air links in the first tangible signs of a thaw between the nuclear-armed rivals. “How long will we keep fighting with Pakistan? We want to give Pakistan one more chance, not out of weakness but out of self-confidence,” Vajpayee told parliament. “The third attempt will be decisive and will be the last in my lifetime,” he said. India and Pakistan cut air and rail links and downgraded diplomatic relations after an attack on India’s parliament in December 2001, which New Delhi blamed on Pakistan-based militants fighting India rule in Kashmir. Pakistan denied involvement, but the two countries came close to their fourth war last year over Kashmir. Full Story

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