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India, Pakistan In Talks To Defuse Kashmir Tensions

Top border security officials of Pakistan and India meet on September 9 in New Delhi to reduce tensions over the disputed region of Kashmir after several civilians were killed in recent clashes, officials said.

The talks come after a scheduled meeting of national security advisers in August was canceled at the last moment due to differences over the agenda.

Pakistan's nation security adviser, Sartaj Aziz, said the chief of Pakistan's paramilitary Rangers will meet with the head of India's Border Security Force at the latest meeting, which is "aimed at reducing tension on the Line of Control" and reaffirming the 2003 cease-fire agreement.

The Pakistani delegation will include 16 officials who will take part in different sessions of talks.

The agreement has been frequently violated in recent months, as each side accuses the other of provoking the cross-border shelling that has killed several civilians.

The Himalayan region is divided between the two countries but claimed by both in its entirety. The two nuclear-armed neighbors have fought three wars, two over Kashmir, since 1947.

Based on reporting by AP and dpa