India: Impasse

Indian and Pakistani delegates met in New Delhi last week to resume negotiations over control of disputed Kashmir province. Two days of discussions failed to break the impasse that appeared at the very first meeting in December. Pakistan repeated its demand for a plebiscite, which would surely bring Kashmir under its control; India insisted that the present cease-fire line, which gives India two-thirds of the province, become, with only minor adjustments, the permanent legal frontier between the two countries. Though neither side would budge, neither wanted to take the blame for breaking off the talks for good. So delegates...

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