News

DATE=5/16/98
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-232346
TITLE=INDIA / SUMMIT (S-ONLY)
BYLINE=DAVID GOLLUST
DATELINE=BIRMINGHAM
CONTENT=
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INTRO: BRITISH PRIME MINISTER TONY BLAIR TELEPHONED INDIAN PRIME 
MINISTER ATAL BIHARI VAJPAYEE SATURDAY TO CONVEY THE CONCERNS OF 
THE BIRMINGHAM SUMMIT PARTNERS OVER INDIA'S NUCLEAR TESTING. 
V-O-A'S DAVID GOLLUST HAS MORE FROM BIRMINGHAM.

TEXT: PRIME MINISTER BLAIR MADE WHAT WAS DESCRIBED AS A "QUITE 
FIRM" CALL TO THE INDIAN LEADER TO CONVEY THE SUMMIT'S 
CONDEMNATION OF THE TEST SERIES. THE SUMMIT PARTNERS HAD 
EXPRESSED "GRAVE CONCERN" ABOUT THE RISK OF WEAPONS PROLIFERATION
IN SOUTH ASIA WHILE URGING MAXIMUM RESTRAINT BY  PAKISTAN. WHITE 
HOUSE NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER SANDY BERGER SAYS IF PAKISTAN 
STRUCK PRE-EMPTIVELY AGAINST INDIA'S NUCLEAR CAPACITY IT WOULD 
PLUNGE THE WHOLE REGION INTO WAR:  

                     ///BERGER ACTUALITY///

         IT WOULD SIMPLY ESCALATE INTO A REGIONAL WAR WHICH WOULD
         HAVE DEVASTATING CONSEQUENCES FOR BOTH COUNTRIES. BOTH 
         SIDES WILL LOSE. THE PAKISTANI PEOPLE WILL LOSE AND THE 
         INDIAN PEOPLE WILL LOSE. THEY'VE HAD THREE WARS IN THE 
         LAST 20 YEARS AND THEY'VE NOT GAINED FROM ANY ONE OF 
         THEM.

                          ///END ACT///

MR. BERGER SAID RESTRAINT WOULD GIVE PAKISTAN THE HIGH GROUND IN 
ITS STRUGGLE WITH INDIA, WHILE MAKING IT EASIER FOR THE 
ADMINISTRATION TO PERSUADE CONGRESS TO EASE RESTRICTIONS ON 
COOPERATION WITH ISLAMABAD. (SIGNED)

NEB/DAG/TMD/SD

16-May-98 3:32 PM EDT (1932 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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