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Vajpayee and Musharraf meet again in NY, but this time the two have done their homework

Tired Twain
T.Narayan
Tired Twain
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Chastened at Agra, and unable to return to Pakistan with a joint declaration, Gen Musharraf is expected to do a tightrope walk in his meeting with Prime Minister Vajpayee in New York later this month. Indications are that he'd harp on Kashmir and yet not veto progress on other outstanding disputes between the two countries.

A recent meeting between Vijay Nambiar, Indian high commissioner in Pakistan, and Pakistan foreign secretary Inamul Haq has sparked speculation that the New York meeting would have a mutually-agreed structured format. But, says the Pakistan foreign office spokesman, Riaz Mohammad Khan: "It was primarily held to decide the timing of the meeting and to finalise arrangements for the New York talks." He says any further movement has to be on the basis of the Agra summit.

But diplomatic sources are sure of some progress during the Inam-Nambiar meeting, arguing that India and Pakistan cannot repeat the mistake of going into negotiations without doing their homework. A subtle change in Islamabad's stance found its echo in commerce minister Razzak...
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