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India, Pakistan Discuss Opening Disputed Kashmir Border For Quake Victims


29 October 2005

Indian and Pakistani officials have met in Islamabad to discuss opening their disputed Kashmir border to help relief efforts for victims of the massive earthquake that killed some 55,000 people.

Foreign ministry officials from the two sides were to discuss allowing Kashmiris to cross the heavily militarized Line of Control, the cease-fire line that divides the Himalayan region that the South Asian rivals have fought two wars over.

Both governments have expressed a willingness to open the border but have failed to resolve differences on how to do it. U.N. officials say opening the border could help the relief effort - which has been hampered by funding shortages.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Geological Survey says a 5.5 magnitude aftershock struck northern Pakistan early Saturday. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.



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