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DATE=5/28/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-249944 TITLE=U-N / KASHMIR TENSION (L-ONLY) BYLINE=MAX RUSTON DATELINE=UNITED NATIONS CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY-GENERAL KOFI ANNAN SAYS (FRIDAY) HE IS VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE LATEST HOSTILITIES BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN. BUT, AS WE HEAR FROM OUR U-N CORRESPONDENT MAX RUSTON, THERE ARE NO INDICATIONS THAT MR. ANNAN PLANS TO ACT AS A MEDIATOR IN THE CONFLICT. TEXT: MR. ANNAN'S REACTION TO THE LATEST INCREASE IN TENSION BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN CAME IN A STATEMENT READ BY U-N SPOKESMAN MANOEL DE ALMEIDA E SILVA: /// ALMEIDA E SILVA ACT /// THE SECRETARY-GENERAL REMAINS VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE HOSTILITIES NEAR THE LINE OF CONTROL NEAR KARGIL. HE IS ENCOURAGED BY DIRECT CONTACTS WHICH HAVE TAKEN PLACE BETWEEN THE PRIME MINISTERS AND OTHER OFFICIALS OF INDIA AND PAKISTAN, AND BY THEIR CONTINUED WILLINGNESS TO PURSUE THEIR DIALOGUE ON A NUMBER OF ISSUES, INCLUDING KASHMIR. /// END ACT /// THE U-N SPOKESMAN SAYS MR. ANNAN, NOW TRAVELING IN EUROPE, IS IN CONTACT WITH BOTH SIDES IN THE HOSTILITIES AND IS FOLLOWING DEVELOPMENTS CLOSELY. HE ACKNOWLEDGES THAT THE U-N SECRETARY-GENERAL HAS RECEIVED A LETTER FROM PAKISTANI PRIME MINISTER NAWAZ SHARIF REQUESTING U-N INTERVENTION. BUT HE SAYS THERE IS NO IMMEDIATE COMMENT ON THAT ISSUE FROM THE U-N CHIEF. THE UNITED NATIONS HAS MAINTAINED A MILITARY OBSERVER GROUP IN KASHMIR SINCE 1949 TO WATCH OVER THE CEASE-FIRE LINE IN THE TERRITORY. MR. ANNAN HAS REPEATEDLY EXPRESSED CONCERN ABOUT RISING TENSIONS BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS, AND HAS OFFERED TO ASSIST IN ANY WAY POSSIBLE IN EFFORTS TO REDUCE HOSTILITIES. BUT THERE HAS SO FAR BEEN NO SUBSTANTIAL U-N EFFORT TO MEDIATE OR INTERVENE BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES. (SIGNED) NEB/UN/MPR/LSF/WTW 28-May-99 2:20 PM EDT (1820 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .