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May 2003 - India Special Weapons News
- INDIA / PAKISTAN VOA 27 May 2003 -- Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee has promised to try to improve ties with Pakistan. The Indian leader is beginning a visit to Germany, Russia, and France.
- ISRAEL-INDIA VOA 22 May 2003 -- Israeli officials say the United States has dropped its opposition to Israel selling advanced spy planes to India.
- INDIA-PAKISTAN THAW VOA 20 May 2003 -- After months of aggressive rhetoric, initiatives by both India and Pakistan have given rise to fresh hopes for peace between the south Asian neighbors. Many analysts caution there is still a long way to go yet before peace is achieved but they agree that the situation is far better than it was last year when the two countries were at the brink of war.
- EDITORIAL: ARMITAGE ON INDIA, PAKISTAN VOA 15 May 2003 -- Relations between India and Pakistan appear to be improving. In April, Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee [AT-uhl bee-HAH-ree VAHJ-pay-ee] said that Indians "want friendship and brotherhood with our [Pakistani] neighbors." After Pakistan responded favorably, the two countries moved to renew diplomatic and transportation links. Relations had been broken in December 2001 after an attack by Kashmiri terrorists on the Indian parliament. The United States is hopeful that India and Pakistan can begin to move ahead on engagement to resolve their differences.
- INDIA TRAIN FIRE VOA 15 May 2003 -- A fire swept through an express train in northern India, killing at least 38 people and injuring more than 20 others.
- Armitage Voices U.S. Appreciation of India's Gesture To Pakistan Washington File 12 May 2003 -- Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, speaking in New Delhi on May 10, said he conveyed to the Indian government U.S. appreciation for the "far-reaching act of statesmanship embodied in the statement which the prime minister made in Srinagar extending the hand of friendship to Pakistan."
- INDIA / ARMITAGE VOA 10 May 2003 -- U-S Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage wrapped up a three-nation tour of South Asia (Pakistan, India and Afghanistan) late Saturday, saying he was cautiously optimistic about relations between India and Pakistan.
- INDIA / ARMITAGE SCENESETTER VOA 09 May 2003-- U-S Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage arrives in New Delhi late today (Friday) on the last leg of a three-nation tour of South Asia.
- INDIA / PAKISTAN VOA 08 May 2003 -- India and Pakistan are preparing to resume diplomatic and transportation links after a freeze of nearly one and one-half years. But chances of any significant change in the largely frosty relationship between the two nations are considered slim. The Indian and Pakistani leaders have to tread very carefully to avoid angering their own respective constituents.
- INDIA / PAKISTAN VOA 08 May 2003 -- India has rejected a recent suggestion by Pakistan that both countries give up their nuclear weapons.
- INDIA MASSACRE VOA 08 May 2003 -- Indian officials say they suspect tribal rebels in the remote northeastern Tripura State have killed 10 people Wednesday. This is the latest in a string of attacks on Bengali settlers in the region.
- Boucher Condemns Violence in Kashmir Washington File 07 May 2003 -- In response to recent clashes in the disputed territory of Kashmir, State Department Spokesman Richard Boucher repeated that violence "will not solve Kashmir's problems," and welcomed recent moves towards a dialogue between the governments of India and Pakistan.
- ARMITAGE / SOUTH ASIA UPDATE VOA 07 May 2003 -- Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage has arrived in Islamabad as part of Washington's ongoing efforts to encourage the peace dialogue between India and Pakistan. Mr. Armitage will travel to New Delhi later this week for similar talks with Indian leaders.
- INDIA/PAKISTAN VOA 07 May 2003 -- India has cautiously welcomed measures announced by Pakistan to improve relations between the two countries. But New Delhi says further progress in the recent peace process will depend on action Islamabad takes to end what India describes as Pakistan's support of Islamic insurgent groups.
- INDIA/MASSACRE VOA 07 May 2003 -- At least 21 people have been killed and several wounded in India's remote northeastern Tripura state in two attacks. Indian officials have blamed the violence on tribal rebel groups.
- INDIA-PAKISTAN VOA 06 May 2003 -- Encouraging diplomatic news in south Asia. Pakistan has agreed to India's offer last week to resume full diplomatic relations and restore transportation links.
- Annan welcomes steps by India and Pakistan to east tensions, improve relations UN News Centre 06 May 2003 -- The United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, today warmly welcomed the series of reciprocal steps India and Pakistan have recently taken to ease tensions and improve bilateral relations.
- INDIA-PAKISTAN PROGRESS VOA 06 May 2003 -- U.S. newspaper editorial writers are praising the tentative thaw in relations between India and Pakistan. India's Prime Minister recently extended the "hand of friendship" to Pakistan after 16 months of squabbling over the State of Jammu and Kashmir.
- PAKISTAN / INDIA VOA 06 May 2003 -- Hopes are running high for the resumption of a serious dialogue between India and Pakistan, and some observers say that pressure by Washington helped push the two toward new talks. Analysts say quick progress should not be expected, especially on the sensitive issue of Kashmir, which is the major cause of military tension in South Asia.
- ARMITAGE / SOUTH ASIA VOA 05 May 2003 -- Secretary of State Colin Powell has sent his deputy, Richard Armitage, on a mission to South Asia aimed at encouraging India and Pakistan to continue to work together in solving disputes. Mr. Powell told reporters Monday it is a "moment of opportunity" to ease tension between the two regional powers.
- INDIA/PAKISTAN VOA 03 May 2003 -- Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee has reacted cautiously to a formal invitation from his Pakistani counterpart for talks to resolve the differences between the two countries. The invitation was made as part of recent peace initiatives between the two hostile neighbors.
- INDIA/PAKISTAN VOA 02 May 2003 -- India says it will re-establish full diplomatic ties with Pakistan, after relations between the two countries suffered a serious rift almost two years ago. Pakistan's foreign minister says his country welcomes the move and hopes talks can be resumed as soon as possible.
- INDIA PAKISTAN VOA 02 May 2003-- India says it will re-establish full diplomatic ties with Pakistan and restore air flights between the two countries
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