India and Pakistan have begun high-level talks aimed at resolving their two-decade long military standoff over a glacier in the mountains of northern Kashmir.
Senior defense ministry officials from both sides are discussing the issue of the six-thousand meter high Siachen glacier during a two-day meeting in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad.
The brutal conditions on the icy battlefield in Kashmir are thought to have killed more soldiers than enemy fire. Some analysts say the ice field lost its strategic value when India and Pakistan developed nuclear weapons.
India has proposed holding troop levels steady and avoiding aggressive maneuvers on the glacier. Pakistan wants both sides to pull their troops off the glacier.
In recent months, India and Pakistan have held a series of so-called confidence building measures aimed at resolving several long-standing conflicts, including the disputed Kashmir region.