India reiterated that, although it is ready to talk about any issue, including Kashmir, there is no question of negotiating its future. When the conference seemed to get bogged down, Kosygin intervened and used all the diplomatic skills under his command for a while to get the two leaders to agree on the implementation of the ceasefire proposals and arrive on the basis of new bilateral talks on the various issues at stake. Finally, on January 10, 1966, an agreement known as the “Tashkent Declaration” was signed. In a photo by the Soviet magazine Ogonyok, the Indian and Pakistani leaders can be seen holding hands, and next to them stands a smiling Kosygin. “Peace and cooperation – this is what the historic Tashkent Declaration means, and the whole world has heard about it,” the magazine wrote. Next to this text was another with a photo of Indian Prime Minister Shastri in a black frame. Prisoners of war must be repatriated immediately.
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