Pakistan, India okay talks

Published September 17, 2006

HAVANA - Pakistan and India agreed Saturday to restart peace talks suspended since train bombings killed more than 200 people in Bombay in July as part of a wave of attacks India blames on Pakistan-based militants.

Describing their meeting as a breakthrough for peace, Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh agreed their foreign secretaries would pursue the talks, and said Singh had accepted an invitation to go to Pakistan.

The leaders worked out the details Saturday morning on the sidelines of the Nonaligned Movement summit in Havana.

Both leaders also said in a joint statement that they reject "all acts of terrorism."

India says Pakistan's support of the militants is stalling the peace process between the nuclear-armed neighbors, which have fought three wars since gaining independence from Britain in 1947, two over the Himalayan region of Kashmir.

Pakistan's government denies training and funding the Islamic militants, and said it had nothing to do with the train bombings, but it has acknowledged offering the rebels moral and political support.

More than a dozen groups are fighting to make Kashmir independent from Hindu-majority India or to merge it with Muslim-dominated Pakistan.