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Negotiations once again fall through between India, Pakistan over glacier

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan--India and Pakistan's latest talks seeking to end decades of military stand-off on the Siachen Glacier broke up Tuesday with nothing more than an agreement to meet again, both sides said.

There had been fresh hope of a breakthrough after the misery of the world's highest battlefield was brought home by an avalanche that killed 140 people at a Pakistani army camp on April 7.

A joint statement said talks between India and Pakistan's defense secretaries — the highest civil servants at their respective ministries — had been held "in a cordial and friendly atmosphere" at the Pakistani ministry in Rawalpindi.

The two sides would next meet in New Delhi, but no date was announced. It was the 13th round of talks to end in stalemate.

"Both sides reaffirmed their resolve to make serious, sustained and result-oriented efforts for seeking an amicable resolution," the statement said.

"It was agreed to continue dialogue on Siachen in keeping with the desire of the leaders of both countries for early resolution of all outstanding issues."

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