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India Says No Let-Up in Kashmir Cross-Border Raids

India said Sunday there had been no let-up in cross-border raids by Islamic militants in Kashmir, dampening hopes of an early summit with nuclear-armed rival Pakistan. Defense Minister George Fernandes said relations between the neighbors were improving and moving slowly toward a summit between Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. “But it’s going to take quite some time before these talks are to commence,” he told reporters on the sidelines of an Asian security conference in Singapore. Asked what he thought about Pakistan’s efforts to crack down on raids by groups based there into Indian-ruled Kashmir, he said: “Cross-border terrorism continues. There has not been any let-up on that.” The two countries came to the brink of war last year after an attack on the Indian parliament in December 2001 which New Delhi blamed on Pakistan-based guerrillas fighting Indian rule in Kashmir. Islamabad denied involvement. Full Story

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