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DATE=2/17/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-245625 TITLE=INDIA/CODEL (L-ONLY) BYLINE=JIM TEEPLE DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: FOUR UNITED STATES CONGRESSMEN VISITING INDIA SAY THEY WILL SUPPORT A RESUMPTION OF WORLD BANK LENDING TO INDIA -- LENDING THAT HAS BEEN BLOCKED SINCE LAST YEAR'S NUCLEAR TESTS. VOA'S JIM TEEPLE REPORTS FROM NEW DELHI THE CONGRESSMEN ALSO SAY THIS SATURDAY'S TRIP TO PAKISTAN BY INDIAN PRIME MINISTER ATAL BEHARARI VAJPAYEE IS THE BEST SIGN OF HOPE FOR EASING TENSIONS IN THE REGION. TEXT: WORLD BANK LENDING TO INDIA COULD RESUME THIS WEEK. ACCORDING TO THE REPORTS IN WIRE SERVICES AND NEWSPAPERS, SENIOR OFFICIALS IN WASHINGTON SAY ENOUGH PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE ON NUCLEAR ARMS CONTROL ISSUES TO ALLOW A RESUMPTION OF LENDING. FOUR MEMBERS OF THE U-S HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES VISITING INDIA SAY THEY SUPPORT SUCH A MOVE. THE FOUR ARE GARY ACKERMAN OF NEW YORK, DAVID PRICE OF NORTH CAROLINA, LLOYD DOGGETT OF TEXAS AND JIM MCDERMOTT OF WASHINGTON STATE. THE FOUR ARE ALL DEMOCRATS AND ALSO MEMBERS OF THE INDIA CAUCUS, AN INFORMAL GROUP OF LEGISLATORS WHO TAKE AN INTEREST IN INDIAN AFFAIRS. EVEN THOUGH THEY SUPPORT A RESUMPTION OF WORLD BANK LENDING TO INDIA AND THE EVENTUAL LIFTING OF ALL SANCTIONS ONCE INDIA SIGNS THE COMPREHENSIVE NUCLEAR TEST BAN TREATY THE FOUR CONGRESSMEN ALSO SAY LAST YEAR'S NUCLEAR TESTS WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN ANYTIME SOON. CONGRESMAN LLOYD DOGGETT SAYS THERE IS STILL TIME TO STOP A NUCLEAR ARMS RACE FROM DEVELOPING IN THE REGION. // INSERT DOGGETT ACTUALITY // I THINK, AND A NUMBER OF MY CONSTITUENTS IN TEXAS THINK, THAT THE WORLD IS A MUCH LESS SECURE PLACE AFTER THE EXPLOSIONS THAT OCCURED HERE IN SOUTH ASIA LAST YEAR. NOW WE ARE HOPEFUL GIVEN THE REPORTS THAT WE HEAR FROM OUR GOVERNMENT, FROM THE COMMENTS THAT WE HAVE RECEIVED HERE IN INDIA THAT WE MIGHT MAKE THE BEST OF THE BAD SITUATION THAT DEVELOPED, AND PREVENT A NUCLEAR ARMS RACE FROM GROWING HERE IN SOUTH ASIA. // END ACTUALITY // THE FOUR CONGRESSMAN SAY THE BEST SIGN OF HOPE FOR EASING TENSIONS IN THE REGION IS THIS SATURDAY'S BUS TRIP TO PAKISTAN BEING UNDERTAKEN BY INDIAN PRIME MINISTER ATAL BEHARI VAJPAYEE. CONGRESSMAN JIM MCDERMOTT SAYS GREAT THINGS CAN DEVELOP OUT OF SYMBOLIC GESTURES. // INSERT MCDERMOTT ACTUALITY // OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH CHINA BEGAN WITH PING-PONG GAMES AND I THINK YOU COULD LOOK AT THAT AND SAY WHAT A SILLY WAY TO START BUT THAT WAS A GOOD WAY TO START. IT LED TO A CHANGE TO A CHANGE IN A VERY CONTENTIOUS RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA. // END ACTUALITY // THE CONGRESSMAN SAY THEY HOPE THE LAHORE SUMMIT WILL LEAD TO SERIOUS TALKS BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN ON NUCLEAR ARMS CONTROL AND OTHER ISSUES SUCH AS KASHMIR. THEY ALSO SAY CHINA SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN SUCH TALKS SO THAT A TRULY REGIONAL NON-PROLIFERATION REGIME CAN BE CREATED. (SIGNED) NEB/JLT/LTD/KL 17-Feb-99 7:46 AM EST (1246 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .