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2nd Indo-Pak Anti-terror Mechanism meeting on Oct 22

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Sep 17 (UNI) The second meeting of the India-Pakistan Joint Anti-Terror Mechanism will be held here on October 22, it was oficially announced today.

The two countries will also hold meetings for Conventional Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) on October 18 and Nuclear CBMs on October 19, an External Affairs Ministry spokesman said.

Giving details about the upcoming meetings ''confirmed'' with Pakistan on Nuclear/Conventional CBMs and Joint Anti-Terrorism Mechanism, a statement issued by the Ministry said meetings for ''Conventional Confidence Building Measures will be held on October 18, Nuclear CBMs on October 19 and the Second Round of the Indo-Pak Joint Anti-Terrorism Mechanism on October 22.'' ''These meetings will take place in New Delhi,'' the statement said.

The first meeting of the Joint Anti-Terror Mechanism was held in Islamabad in March 2006. Since then no specific dates could be decided upon for the second round of discussions.

India said recently that it had proposed two sets of dates to Pakistan for the second round of the meeting. However, Pakistan had not been able to confirm because their ''pointsman'' for the talks had retired and they had not been able to appoint his replacement.

The idea of the Joint Anti-Terror Mechanism was mooted at a meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf in Havana on the sidelines of the last NAM Summit.


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