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SLUG: 2-270047 India-Kashmir-Attack (L) DATE: NOTE NUMBER:

DATE=12/05/00

TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT

TITLE=India Kashmir Attack (L)

NUMBER=2-270047

BYLINE=Anjana Pasricha

DATELINE=New Delhi

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INTRO: India has ruled out resumption of talks with Pakistan until Islamabad halts what New Delhi calls cross border terrorism in the northern Jammu and Kashmir state. Meanwhile as the second week of a government-sponsored ceasefire began in insurgency-wracked Kashmir, six Indian policemen and two separatist militants were killed in a bloody siege of an Indian security camp. Anjana Pasricha has a report from New Delhi.

TEXT: An Indian foreign ministry spokesman, Raminder Jassal, says New Delhi

is willing to hold talks with Kashmiri separatist and militant leaders --but there will be no three-way talks between India, Pakistan and Kashmiri militant groups.

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It is abundantly clear there is in this, no room for what are termed tripartite talks.

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The Indian government was responding to Pakistan's offer last weekend to

observe what it called maximum restraint along the Kashmir border. Islamabad said it was prepared to hold immediate talks with New Delhi.

But India says it does not find anything substantially different in Pakistan's announcement. Mr. Jassal reiterated India's demand that Pakistan

should halt infiltration of Islamic militants into Kashmir before New Delhi would consider holding a dialogue with Islamabad.

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We expect Pakistan to address our concerns and also those of the international community about cross-border terrorism, infiltration into

India and aiding and abetting of violence.

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However, India says firing along the Kashmir border has died down and the number of attempts at infiltration by Muslim militants have been reduced since Islamabad's announcement of observing restraint over the weekend.

Meanwhile Indian army troops broke a daylong seige of a police camp in Kashmir's Ananatnag district, which had been stormed by two separatist militants of the Lakshar-e-Taiba group. The militants had barricaded

themselves in the camp located in an abandoned cinema hall and killed several policemen. A number of troops were wounded in the operation.

India announced a unilateral ceasefire in Kashmir for the holy month of Ramadan, and expressed the hope that this will pave the way for a dialogue

with Kashmiri militant groups. Hardline militant groups have rejected the ceasefire, but top Kashmiri separatist leaders have said it could be the beginning of a peace process. Three senior leaders (Abdul Ghani Bhat, Mirwaiz Omar Farooq, Yasin Malik) of the Kashmiri separatist alliance, the Huriyat conference, are currently in New Delhi - and there is widespread speculation that a dialogue may take place between the Indian government and the Huriyat leaders.

Kashmir is a disputed region divided between India and Pakistan. India accuses Pakistan of arming and training Muslim militants who have led a

decade-long insurgency in the region. Pakistan denies it and says it only gives the militants moral and diplomatic support. (signed)

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