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India and Pakistan resume peace talks

[JURIST] The leaders of India and Pakistan met in New York Friday in hopes of finding a peaceful resolution to curtail intermittent fighting between the two nations. The countries have had a tumultuous relationship for over 50 years, and have continually fought for ownership over the mountainous region of Kashmir, which became part of India in 1947 when both countries gained independence from Britain.

Both India and Pakistan are said to possess nuclear weapons, making the rivalry over Kashmir one of the most dangerous conflicts in the world. In Friday’s meeting, the two leaders agreed to continue negotiations for peace in Kashmir, and to lessen restrictions on travel between countries. Watch a video of the statement here. BBC News has more information, as well as historical information on the Kashmir dispute.

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