Disappointing end to summit between Pakistan and India

Vol 5, PW 11 (18 Jul 01) News in Brief

After the hype, a dramatic anti-climax ended three days of talks in Agra between India's Atal Behari Vajpayee and Pakistan's Pervez Musharraf.

Sharp disagreement over the wording of a proposed 'Agra Declaration' saw Musharraf leave Agra direct for Islamabad late Monday evening with no joint declaration. Three drafts exchanged hands but failed to accommodate India's demand for a Pakistani commitment of opposition to cross-border terrorism and Pakistan's demand that Kashmir is the core issue of dispute.

They agreed to meet again at the United Nations in September and Vajpayee accepted Musharraf's invitation to visit Islamabad.