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DATE=6/9/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-250405 TITLE=INDIA / PAK / KASHMIR (L) BYLINE=JIM TEEPLE DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: INDIA AND PAKISTAN ON WEDNESDAY CONTINUED EXCHANGES OF ARTILLERY FIRE ACROSS THE SO-CALLED "LINE OF CONTROL," WHICH DIVIDES KASHMIR. INDIAN FIGHTER JETS ALSO ATTACKED BUNKERS ON HIGH GROUND IN KASHMIR OCCUPIED BY WHAT INDIA DESCRIBES AS "INFILTRATORS FROM PAKISTAN." VOA'S JIM TEEPLE REPORTS BOTH COUNTRIES HAVE NOW AGREED TO HOLD TALKS ON SATURDAY BUT THERE ARE FEW INDICATIONS THAT THE TALKS WILL END THE CRISIS. TEXT: BOTH PAKISTAN AND INDIA SAY THERE ARE NO PRECONDITIONS TO SATURDAY'S TALKS WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE IN NEW DELHI BETWEEN INDIAN FOREIGN MINISTER JASWANT SINGH AND HIS PAKISTANI COUNTERPART, SARTAJ AZIZ. WHILE BOTH SIDES SAY THERE ARE NO PRECONDITIONS, INDIA SAYS THERE WILL BE ONLY ONE TOPIC UNDER DISCUSSION -- IN PRIME MINISTER ATAL BEHARI VAJPAYEE'S WORDS --" HOW PAKISTAN PROPOSES TO UNDO THE INTRUSION INTO INDIAN TERRITORY." PAKISTAN'S FOREIGN MINISTER SARTAJ AZIZ SAYS HE IS TRAVELING TO NEW DELHI TO TRY AND EASE TENSIONS BUT THOSE TENSIONS CAN'T BE EASED UNLESS INDIA AGREES TO DISCUSS WHAT HE SAYS IS "THE CORE ISSUE OF KASHMIRI'S LIVING UNDER INDIAN RULE." INDIA SAYS EVEN THOUGH IT ACCEPTS PAKISTAN'S OFFER OF TALKS, MILITARY OPERATIONS WILL CONTINUE IN KASHMIR TO EVICT THE INFILTRATORS. RAMINDER JASSAL THE CHIEF SPOKESMAN FOR INDIA'S FOREIGN MINISTRY SAYS THERE WILL BE NO INTERFERENCE IN WHAT IS PURELY A MILITARY OPERATION. // INSERT JASSAL ACTUALITY // THE MILITARY OPERATIONS THAT ARE GOING ON IN THE KARGIL SECTOR OF KASHMIR WOULD CONTINUE TO TAKE PLACE IN A DEGREE OF INTENSITY AS CALLED FOR BY THE SITUATION. THERE IS NO PLAN TO LINK MILITARY OPERATIONS WITH THE VISIT OF FOREIGN MINISTER SARTAJ AZIZ. THE MILITARY OPERATIONS WILL CONTINUE AS REQUIRED AND IN THE JUDGEMENT OF THE ARMED FORCES OF INDIA. // END ACTUALITY // NEW DELHI SAYS THERE IS NO POSSIBILITY THE TALKS WILL BE EXTENDED BEYOND ONE DAY BECAUSE FOREIGN MINISTER JASWANT SINGH HAS TO TRAVEL TO BEIJING ON SUNDAY. // OPT // PRIME MINISTER VAJPAYEE SAYS IF PAKISTAN'S FOREIGN MINISTER ATTEMPTS TO BRING UP THE ISSUE OF CHANGING THE BOUNDARIES OF THE "LINE OF CONTROL," -- THE CEASEFIRE LINE WHICH DIVIDES KASHMIR, THE TALKS WILL IN HIS WORDS, "END BEFORE THEY BEGIN." RAMINDER JASSAL OF INDIA'S FOREIGN MINISTRY SAYS THE WORLD SHOULD KNOW INDIA'S POSITION IS NOT NEGOTIABLE. // INSERT JASSAL ACTUALITY // THE LINE OF CONTROL IS NOT AN INTERNATIONAL BORDER. BUT IT IS A VERY CLEARLY MARKED AND DELINEATED LINE WHICH HAS BEEN MAPPED IN GREAT DETAIL BY THE MILITARY AUTHORITIES OF BOTH SIDES ON MAPS WHICH HAVE BEEN AUTHENTICATED AT VERY SENIOR LEVELS BY THE MILITARY AUTHORITIES ON BOTH SIDES. THIS FLOWS FROM A BI-LATERAL AGREEMENT (THE 1972 SHIMLA ACCORDS) WHICH IS SIGNED AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS. IT IS UNACCEPTABLE TO US THAT ANY COUNTRY SHOULD RENEGE FROM SUCH INTERNATIONAL COMMITMENTS. // END ACTUALITY // // END OPT // WHILE INDIA SAYS IT WELCOMES THE VISIT OF FOREIGN MINISTER SARTAJ AZIZ TO NEW DELHI, ISLAMIC MILITANTS FIGHTING IN KASHMIR ARE CONDEMNING THE TRIP. SAYED SALAHUDDIN, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE UNITED JEHAD COUNCIL, AN UMBRELLA GROUP OF 14 KASHMIRI MILITANT ORGANIZATIONS BASED IN PAKISTAN, SAYS THE PROBLEM OF KASHMIR CANNOT BE SOLVED THROUGH TALKS, BUT ONLY ON THE BATTLEFIELD. (SIGNED) NEB/JLT/PLM 09-Jun-99 7:09 AM EDT (1109 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .