Discussions of energy security, originally on the agenda for last week’s Group of Eight (G8) summit in St. Petersburg, were largely sidelined at the meeting as world leaders turned their attention to the worsening situation in the Middle East.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, an umbrella alliance of nearly two dozen political separatist groups, have agreed to carry out a continuous dialogue to discuss solutions to Kashmir dispute.
In an effort to promote bilateral trade and strengthen mutual confidence-building, India and Pakistan agreed to launch a truck service across the “Line of Control” in Kashmir in July, linking the cities of Muzaffarabad and Srinagar route, and to start a second cross-Kashmir bus service in June, connecting the cities of Rawalakot and Poonch.
Distrust between Sri Lanka’s main conflict parties has reached such intensity that planned talks in Oslo, Norway, to ensure the safety of Scandinavian ceasefire monitors collapsed before they even started.
A water network (including tube well, water pipes, reservoir, and pumps) constructed by UNICEF will supply 250,000 gallons of water per day and benefit up to 30,000 people in the earthquake-affected zone in Mansehra district.
Despite hopes for a breakthrough through humanitarian collaboration, the 8 October 2005 earthquake with its epicenter in the Pakistan-controlled portion of Kashmir has failed to dissipate India and Pakistan’s mutual mistrust.
The emergency phase of the relief operation is winding down, but some 99 camps with 55,000 inhabitants still remain open. UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration are facilitating the return, providing medical screening and transport.
In mid-June, President Bush signed H.R. 4939. Called the "Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Hurricane Recovery, 2006," the bill provides about $95 billion in funding.