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SLUG: 2-270369 Kashmir Violence DATE: NOTE NUMBER:

DATE=12/12/00

TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT

NUMBER=2-270369

TITLE= KASHMIR VIOLENCE / S

BYLINE=JIM TEEPLE

DATELINE= NEW DELHI

CONTENT=

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INTRO: Four Indian soldiers, including an army major, have been killed in two separate attacks in Indian Kashmir. V-O-A's Jim Teeple reports separatist militants fighting in Kashmir have rejected India's unilateral cease-fire declaration - but separatist political leaders are increasingly speaking out against the violence.

TEXT: Two separatist militants attacked an army camp in the Kupwara

district of Jammu and Kashmir, Tuesday, killing an army major and a enlisted man. The area is about 90 kilometers northwest of Srinigar - the summer capital of the state. Monday, two Indian soldiers and five militants died in an attack in the Pooch district, near the border with Pakistan.

The attacks took place more than two weeks after India declared a unilateral cease-fire, timed to coincide with Muslim Ramadan observances.

Although the attacks have continued, separatist political leaders say they are still optimistic talks might take place about a future political settlement for Kashmir.

Abdul Ghani Lone - a top leader of Kashmir separatists - says non-Kashmiri militants should leave the region, if and when talks do take place. Mr. Lone says a distinction needs to be made between the aspirations of native Kashmiri militants and what he describes as the "agenda of foreigners."

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