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DATE=1/31/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-24899 TITLE=INDIA / U-S / L-O BYLINE=ANJANA PASRICHA DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: SENIOR OFFICIALS FROM INDIA AND THE UNITED STATES SUNDAY CONCLUDED THREE DAYS OF TALKS IN NEW DELHI ON NUCLEAR AND SECURITY-RELATED ISSUES. FROM NEW DELHI, ANJANA PASRICHA REPORTS THIS WAS THE EIGHTH ROUND OF TALKS BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES. TEXT: INDIAN FOREIGN MINISTER JASWANT SINGH DESCRIBES THE TALKS AS "FRUITFUL, PRODUCTIVE AND CONSTRUCTIVE." U-S DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE STROBE TALBOTT -- WHO IS LEADING THE AMERICAN DELEGATION TO SOUTH ASIA -- SAYS HE SHARES THE SENSE OF SATISFACTION OVER THE TALKS, ALTHOUGH WORK REMAINS TO BE DONE. THESE TALKS ARE PART OF A DIALOGUE THAT BEGAN LAST YEAR BETWEEN INDIA AND THE UNITED STATES AFTER NEW DELHI AND ISLAMABAD CONDUCTED NUCLEAR TESTS. THE DIALOGUE HAS MAINLY FOCUSED ON LIMITING NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION IN SOUTH ASIA. INDIAN OFFICIALS SAY THESE CONCERNS REMAIN -- BUT THAT THE FOCUS OF BILATERAL TALKS IS MOVING BEYOND THIS ISSUE. ACCORDING TO FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN K-C SINGH BOTH COUNTRIES WANT TO CREATE A POSITIVE ATMOSPHERE TO ADVANCE THEIR RELATIONS, WHICH SUFFERED A SETBACK AFTER INDIA'S NUCLEAR TESTS. ///SINGH ACTUALITY/// THE TWO DELEGATIONS RECOGNIZE THE LENGTH OF THE TIME DEVOTED TO THESE TALKS IS UNPRECEDENTED IN U-S / INDIAN RELATIONS. IT IS THE VIEW OF BOTH DELEGATIONS THAT THIS IS TIME WELL SPENT, LAYING THE FOUNDATION FOR A NEW, BROAD-BASED RELATIONSHIP THAT HAS ELUDED THE UNITED STATES AND INDIA IN THE PAST WHICH BOTH SIDES ARE DETERMINED TO ACHIEVE IN THE FUTURE. ///END ACTUALITY/// A JOINT STATEMENT ISSUED AFTER THE TALKS SAYS THE TWO COUNTRIES WILL RESUME BILATERAL COOPERATION IN SOME AREAS, INCLUDING MILITARY TRAINING. THE TALKS HAVE FOCUSED ON PRESSING NEW DELHI TO JOIN THE COMPREHENSIVE NUCLEAR TEST BAN TREATY AND OTHER MULTILATERAL AGREEMENTS. WASHINGTON ALSO WANTS INDIA TO ADOPT RESTRAINTS ON ITS MISSILE PROGRAM AND ACCEPT EXPORT-CONTROL PROGRAMS TO LIMIT NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION. THE NEXT ROUND OF TALKS BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES WILL BE HELD TOWARD THE MIDDLE OF THE YEAR. THE AMERICAN DELEGATION LEAVES FOR ISLAMABAD, MONDAY, FOR TALKS WITH PAKISTAN. (SIGNED) NEB / WD / WD 31-Jan-99 6:46 AM EST (1146 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .