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Separatists Accept India's Talk Offer

Separatist political leaders in Kashmir accepted a landmark offer of talks with the Indian government on Thursday but said they wanted to discuss a solution to the Kashmir dispute with Pakistan as well. Armed militant groups dismissed the government initiative, saying that they are the true representatives of the region’s people. The guerrillas have been fighting since 1989 to join India’s Jammu-Kashmir state to Pakistan or make it independent. The conflict has killed 63,000 people. The All Parties Hurriyat Conference, a legal grouping of religious and political parties, welcomed Wednesday’s announcement that Deputy Prime Minister Lal Krishna Advani would hold talks with them about the state’s future. Full Story

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