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UNITED NATIONS , July 11 (APP): Veteran diplomat Staffan de Mistura, a former U.N. special envoy to Afghanistan and Iraq, will replace Lakhdar Brahimi as the new special envoy tasked with seeking a peaceful resolution of the ongoing conflict in Syria.


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Pak-India talks focus on peace, CBMs, Kashmir issue PDF Print E-mail
NEW DELHI, July 5 (APP): Pakistan and India in their two-day foreign secretary-level talks focused on peace and security with emphasis on promoting greater trust and mutual understanding through constructive dialogue. A joint statement issued at the conclusion of the two-day second round of the resumed dialogue process between Pakistan and India said the talks held in New Delhi focused peace and security including CBMs (Confidence building measures), Jammu and Kashmir and promotion of friendly exchanges. “The talks were held in a frank and constructive atmosphere.  Both sides reiterated their desire to carry forward the dialogue process in a purposeful and result-oriented manner,” the statement added.

The Foreign Secretaries reviewed the ongoing implementation of the already adopted Nuclear and Conventional CBMs. It was decided that separate meetings of the Expert Level Groups on Nuclear and Conventional CBMs will be held  to discuss implementation and strengthening of the existing CBMs.
The meetings will suggest additional mutually acceptable steps that could build greater trust and confidence between the two countries, thereby contributing to peace and security. The dates for the meetings of Expert Level Groups will be determined through diplomatic channels.
The Foreign Secretaries noted that both countries recognize that terrorism poses a continuing threat to peace and security. They reaffirmed the strong commitment of the two countries to fight and eliminate terrorism in an effective and comprehensive manner so as to eliminate the scourge in all its forms and manifestations.
The Foreign Secretaries had a “comprehensive exchange of views” on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir and agreed to continue discussions in a purposeful and forward looking manner with the view to finding a peaceful solution by narrowing divergences and building convergences.
Both sides recognized the need to strengthen the existing Cross-LoC CBMs for streamlining the arrangements to facilitate travel and trade across LoC. They decided to convene a meeting of the Working Group on Cross-LoC CBMs on July 19, 2012 in Islamabad to recommend steps for strengthening, streamlining and effectively implementing the existing trade and travel arrangements and propose modalities for introducing additional cross LoC CBMs.
Both sides underlined the importance of greater people-to-people contacts and friendly exchanges in building a relationship of trust and friendship between the two countries. They noted that the text of a revised bilateral Visa Agreement has already been finalized and decided to work for its early signing.
They emphasized the importance of greater parliamentary exchanges; promotion of cooperation in various fields including facilitating visits to religious shrines; and cessation of hostile propaganda against each other.
The Foreign Secretaries also emphasized the need to promote media and sports contacts.
The Foreign Secretaries will meet again in Islamabad, on a date to be decided through diplomatic channels, to prepare for the meeting of the Foreign Ministers in September 2012.
 

     

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