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PAKISTAN WILLING TO DROP KASHMIR CLAIM (Boston Globe) - President Gen. Pervez Musharraf said Tuesday that Pakistan is willing to give up its claim to Kashmir if India reciprocates and agrees to self-governance in the disputed Himalayan region that they have fought over for decades. The comments, in an interview aired by India's NDTV network, were among Musharraf's strongest yet to encourage a settlement in the bitter, 58-year dispute since the South Asian rivals began peace talks nearly three years ago ... Full Article

SRI LANKA STUDIES INDIAN-TYPE DEVOLUTION TO END WAR (Sarid) - Reforms based on India’s Panchayat Raj System in the past two decades had devolved powers effectively to local communities, said Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse, inaugurating the first Asian Mayors’ conference, organized by the All India Council of Mayors at Dehra Dun in India on Sunday ... Full Article

ENSURING PROTECTION OF CHILDREN FROM SRI LANKAN CONFLICT (Sarid) - A United Nations Special Adviser on children and armed conflict has begun a 9-day field visit to Sri Lanka aimed at ensuring better protection from the ravages of the civil war in the strife-torn country, where 17 relief workers killed three months ago were today honoured by their relatives. Ambassador Allan Rock, the special adviser for Radhika Coomaraswamy, UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, is visiting Sri Lanka ... Full Article


Learning Tolerance, Open Democracy, UK, December 2, 2004
Global peace and security will best be advanced not by the deep institutional changes the United Nations’ high-level panel is likely to advocate, but by modest, incremental - and imaginative - steps.

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