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India Rejects Pakistan's Four-Point Peace Plan On Kashmir

Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj
Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj

India has rejected a four-point peace plan for Kashmir proposed by Pakistan but said talks among officials of both countries on terrorism that collapsed in August should be revived.

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced his proposal at the annual United Nations General Assembly on September 30, saying the two nuclear-armed rivals should formalize a cease-fire in Kashmir and take steps to demilitarize the divided region.

India issued a swift rebuttal, accusing Pakistan of claiming to be the primary victim of terrorism while "in truth, it is actually a victim of its own policy of breeding and sponsoring terrorists."

On October 1, Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj told the UN General Assembly that India remained open to dialogue, "but talks and terror cannot go together."

She said India and Pakistan "don't need four points, we need just one: Give up terrorism and let us sit down and talk."

Based on reporting by AP, Reuters, and