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Kashmiri Militants End Cease-Fire

August 8, 2000

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) _ A Kashmiri militant group called off its cease-fire with India on Tuesday after New Delhi refused to allow Pakistan to participate in talks aimed at settling the protracted Kashmir dispute.

Hezb-ul Mujahedeen leader Sayed Salahuddin accused India of squandering an opportunity for peace in its troubled Kashmir territory, where a secessionist uprising has been raging for more than 11 years.

The cease-fire was considered the most significant breakthrough since the Muslim rebel insurgency in Indian-ruled Kashmir began in 1989.

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