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Ind, Pak to continue ceasefire on LoC

August 08, 2005 18:38 IST

India and Pakistan on Monday agreed to continue with border ceasefire as part of confidence building measures between the two countries.

The two sides also agreed to implement the 1991 agreement on air space violations in letter and spirit, External Affairs Ministry spokesman Navtej Sarna told reporters at the end of the day-long second round of expert level talks between India and Pakistan on conventional CBMs.

The two sides decided to upgrade the existing hotline between their Directors-General of Military Operations by September this year.

The two countries agreed not to develop any new posts and defence works along the Line of Control.

It was agreed to hold monthly flag meetings between local commanders at Kargil/Olding, Uri/Chakothi, Naushera/Sadabad and Jammu/Sialkot sectors.

They agreed on speedy return of those who inadvertently cross the borders, and to work out a comprehensive framework to that end.

They decided to review the existing CBMs and report the progress made in the present round of talks to the respective foreign secretaries, who will decide on the date and venue of the next expert level meeting on conventional CBMs, Sarna said.

The spokesman said the talks between the two delegations were held in a cordial and constructive atmosphere.

While the Indian delegation was led by Joint Secretary in the External Affairs Ministry Dalip Sinha, the Pakistan side was headed by Additional Secretary in the Pakistan Foreign Ministry Osman Hyder.

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