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DATE=5/12/98
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-232094
TITLE=U-N / INDIA (S - ONLY)
BYLINE=MAX RUSTON
DATELINE=UNITED NATIONS
CONTENT=
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INTRO:  THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL IS PREPARING A 
STATEMENT CRITICIZING INDIA FOR ITS UNDERGROUND NUCLEAR TESTS 
EARLIER THIS WEEK.  FROM THE UNITED NATIONS, V-O-A'S MAX RUSTON 
REPORTS THE STATEMENT IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED AND RELEASED 
TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

TEXT:  SECURITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT NJUGUNA MAHUGU OF KENYA SAYS 
THE COUNCIL HELD TALKS TUESDAY ON INDIA'S NUCLEAR TESTS.  COUNCIL
MEMBERS SAY THE ISSUE WAS RAISED BY SWEDEN AND JAPAN.  THEY SAY 
THE COUNCIL WILL DENOUNCE THE TESTS AS AN ACTION THAT RISKS 
RAISING TENSION IN AN ALREADY VOLATILE AREA OF THE WORLD.

CHINA'S MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS ON TUESDAY SAID THE TESTS 
ARE NOT CONDUCIVE TO PEACE AND STABILITY IN SOUTHEAST ASIA.  U-N 
SECRETARY-GENERAL KOFI ANNAN, SPEAKING IN PARIS, SAID HE WAS 
DISAPPOINTED BY INDIA'S DECISION TO CARRY OUT THE TESTS.  HE 
CALLED ON ALL STATES TO EXERCISE WHAT HE CALLED "MAXIMUM 
RESTRAINT" IN HALTING THE PROLIFERATION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS.

AT THE UNITED NATIONS IN GENEVA, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND HAVE 
PROPOSED THAT A SPECIAL SESSION OF THE CONFERENCE ON DISARMAMENT 
BE HELD THIS WEEK TO DISCUSS THE IMPLICATIONS OF THE NUCLEAR 
TESTS.  (SIGNED)



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12-May-98 4:18 PM EDT (2018 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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