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    The first summit talks between Pakistan and Bangladesh ended in failure on Saturday night (29 June).

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    The first summit talks between Pakistan and Bangladesh ended in failure on Saturday night (29 June). There was no progress on the major issues dividing the two countries. A Bangladesh spokesman said Pakistan had refused to accept the principle that it should share the assets of the former united country with Bangladesh.

    Primer Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto of Pakistan delayed his departure from Dacca, the Bangladesh capital, for two hours so that more talks could be held in an attempt to reach agreement. However, he had his Bangladesh counterpart, Sheik Mujibur Rahman failed to solve the outstanding problems. Talks on a Ministerial level also plodded on to a stalemate.

    No arrangements have been made to resume the negotiations, although Sheik Mujib has accepted an invitation to visit Pakistan.

    On Friday (28 June), the atmosphere was more optimistic, when Mr. Bhutto attended a civic reception at the President's residence in Dacca. Mr. Bhutto dealt at length with the events in 1971 which led to the war and the eventual emergence of the new State of Bangladesh. He offered his repentance for what happened at that time.

    SYNOPSIS: Pakistan's Prime Minister Bhutto offered repentance for the nineteen seventy-one war at civic reception in Dacca, Bangladesh, on Friday.

    It was Mr. Bhutto's second day in Bangladesh for talks with Sheik Mujibur Rahman designed to reconcile differences between the two States.

    As well as the talks between the two leaders, Ministers and officials from both countries met to consider the more intricate details of the negotiations. However, there was little progress on either level, and the Pakistan delegation left on saturday night without a solution to the major issues which still divide the two countries.

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