A Pakistani delegation flew to New delhi on Friday (25 August) and immediately began talks with Indian officials in an effort to overcome difficulties in putting the Simla agreement into effect.
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CU Indian leader Mr. Kaul
CU Pakistan leader Mr. Ahmed.
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Background: A Pakistani delegation flew to New delhi on Friday (25 August) and immediately began talks with Indian officials in an effort to overcome difficulties in putting the Simla agreement into effect.
although neither side has detailed the topics under discussion, its understood that a major point is the delineation of the ceasefire line in the disputed province of Kashmir. Military commanders have been unable to agree on exactly where their troops were placed when the war ended last December.
India is also known to be concerned at Pakistan's failure so far to recognise Bangladesh. India also feels that Pakistani attempts to have United Nations observers stationed. on the ceasefire line is contrary to the spirit of the Simla agreement in which both sides said they would try to solve their differences between each other.
The Indian delegation at the talks is led by Mrs. Gandhi's Principal Secretary, Mr. P.N. Haksar and the Foreign Secretary, Mr. T.N. Kaul. Pakistan's team of officials is led by the Foreign Office Secretary General Mr. Aziz Ahmed. The meeting was expected to last three days.
SYNOPSIS: The talks came seven weeks after Mrs. Gandhi and President Bhutto Negotiated the agreement and pledged to work for peace.
However, difficulties have arisen, particularly on the exact position of the ceasefire line in the disputed territory of Kashmir.
After the airport welcome, the officials from Pakistan left to begin their first session of talks with their Indian counterparts.
India's Foreign Secretary, Mr. Kaul, and the pakistani foreign Ministry chief Mr. Aziz Ahmed.
The Indians are expected to press for an explanation of ???hy Pakistan has not yet recognised Bangladesh and to resist Pakistan's efforts to have United Nations observers bang the Kashmir ceasefire line.