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DATE=4/1/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-247500 TITLE=INDIA / CODEL (L-ONLY) BYLINE=JIM TEEPLE DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: A BIPARTISAN GROUP OF TEN MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS IS IN INDIA THIS WEEK EXAMINING A BROAD RANGE OF ISSUES OF CONCERN TO THE UNITED STATES AND INDIA. VOA'S JIM TEEPLE REPORTS THE CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION COMPLETED THEIR VISIT TO NEW DELHI ON THURSDAY SAYING THEY EXPECT A FURTHER EASING OF SANCTIONS ON INDIA WHICH WERE IMPOSED FOLLOWING LAST YEAR'S NUCLEAR TESTS. TEXT: THE DELEGATION IS LED BY INFLUENTIAL DEMOCRAT RICHARD GEPHARDT OF MISSOURI, THE HOUSE MINORITY LEADER. MR. GEPHARDT SAYS BASED ON DISCUSSIONS HE HAS HAD WITH SENIOR INDIAN OFFICIALS OVER THE PAST TWO DAYS HE IS POSITIVE INDIA WILL SIGN THE COMPREHENSIVE NUCLEAR TEST BAN TREATY LATER THIS YEAR -- PAVING THE WAY FOR A VISIT TO INDIA BY PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON. // INSERT GEPHARDT ACTUALITY // THERE IS A CLEAR DESIRE ON THE PART OF INDIA AND ITS LEADERS TO GET TO SIGN THE COMPREHENSIVE TEST BAN TREATY. BUT THERE ARE A VARIETY OF ISSUES AND A PROCESS THAT WE HAVE TO GO THROUGH TO GET TO THAT RESULT. WE EARNESTLY SEEK THAT RESULT, AND I AM POSITIVE THAT IT CAN BE ACHIEVED AND I AM ALSO POSITIVE THAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WANTS TO VISIT INDIA AT THE EARLIEST MOMENT AND I THINK ACHIEVING THAT RESULT WOULD MAKE THAT A VERY REAL POSSIBILITY. // END ACTUALITY // SANCTIONS WERE IMPOSED ON INDIA AND PAKISTAN AFTER THE TWO SOUTH ASIAN NEIGHBORS CONDUCTED A SERIES OF NUCLEAR TESTS. LAST JULY, CITING THE NEED FOR FLEXIBILITY, THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS GRANTED WAIVER AUTHORITY TO PRESIDENT CLINTON TO LIFT SOME SANCTIONS. CONGRESSMAN GEPHARDT SAYS HE BELIEVES A MAJORITY IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS WILL VOTE TO EXTEND THAT WAIVER AUTHORITY FOR ANOTHER YEAR WHEN IT EXPIRES IN IN SEVERAL MONTHS. REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN MARK FOLEY OF FLORIDA SAYS HE BELIEVES THE SANCTIONS HAVE LED TO AN UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND INDIA ABOUT THE NEED TO CONTROL NUCLEAR WEAPONS. MR. FOLEY SAYS HE TOO SUPPORTS AN EXTENSION OF WAIVER AUTHORITY FOR THE PRESIDENT. // INSERT FOLEY ACTUALITY // AT LEAST AS WE ARE CONTEMPLATING AND DISCUSSING IN A BIPARTISAN WAY. INDIA -- I THINK EVERYBODY -- HAS CLEARLY GOTTEN THE MESSAGE THAT THE SANCTIONS WORKED AS THEY WERE DESIGNED TO AND I THINK EVERYBODY IS COOPERATING QUITE WELL. // END ACTUALITY // MEMBERS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION SAY THEY ALSO SUPPORT A CASE-BY-CASE REVIEW OF ABOUT 40 INDIAN COMPANIES AND THEIR SUBSIDIARIES AS WELL AS INDIAN GOVERNMENT RESEARCH AGENCIES WHO ARE NOW BLACKLISTED FROM DOING BUSINESS WITH AMERICAN FIRMS BECAUSE OF ALLEGED TIES TO INDIA'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM. INDIA SAYS THE BLACKLIST VIOLATES WORLD TRADE RULES. CONGRESSMAN GEPHARDT SAYS ANY COMPANY THAT FEELS IT HAS BEEN UNFAIRLY PUT ON THE LIST CAN APPEAL TO HAVE ITS NAME REMOVED, AND ITS CASE WILL BE REVIEWED AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS. (SIGNED) NEB/JLT/KL 01-Apr-99 6:31 AM EST (1131 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .