Monday, October 31, 2005

Indian army: Mines across Kashmir border to be cleared

Military officials from India and Pakistan are slated to hold talks on the clearing of tens of thousands of mines along the de facto border of disputedKashmir to facilitate earthquake relief, a top army official said. V.K. Singh, army chief of staff who heads anti-insurgency operations in Indian Kashmir, told AFP Monday that commanders from both sides would attend the meeting at a point along the border called the Line of Control (LoC).

Anti-personnel and anti-tank mines were among those that needed to be cleared after their deployment across the border regions in Kashmir, claimed by both India and Pakistan. The two sides also agreed on the weekend that relief supplies, with prior information and acceptance, could be sent across the LoC and handed over to local authorities at the crossing points.

Source: AFP
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