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DATE=6/13/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-250581 TITLE=INDIA / PAK / KASHMIR (L) BYLINE=JIM TEEPLE DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: THE INDIAN ARMY SAYS IT HAS CAPTURED A STRATEGIC PEAK IN KASHMIR AFTER A FIERCE BATTLE WITH WHAT INDIA CALLS "INFILTRATORS" FROM PAKISTAN. VOA'S JIM TEEPLE REPORTS INDIA'S PRIME MINISTER VISITED BATTLE AREAS IN KASHMIR SUNDAY JUST ONE DAY AFTER FOREIGN MINISTERS FROM INDIA AND PAKISTAN FAILED TO MAKE ANY PROGRESS ON HOW TO END THE KASHMIR CRISIS. TEXT: THE INDIAN ARMY SAYS ITS TROOPS REACHED THE SUMMIT OF TOLOLING PEAK SUNDAY AFTER POUNDING THE AREA WITH 12- THOUSAND ARTILLERY SHELLS FOR TEN HOURS. THE FOUR-THOUSAND-FIVE HUNDRED METER PEAK OVERLOOKS THE MAIN EAST-WEST HIGHWAY IN KASHMIR AND COMMANDERS SAY ITS CAPTURE WAS ESSENTIAL TO THEIR EFFORT. THE CAPTURE OF THE STRATEGIC PEAK CAME AS INDIA'S PRIME MINISTER ATAL BEHARI VAJPAYEE VISITED INDIAN TROOPS TELLING THEM INDIA WANTS PEACE BUT IS PREPARED FOR WAR. MR. VAJPAYEE ACCUSED PAKISTAN OF VIOLATING THE LINE OF CONTROL -- THE CEASEFIRE LINE WHICH DIVIDES KASHMIR -- AND HE SAYS INDIA WILL NOT REST UNTIL ALL THE INTRUDERS ARE PUSHED OUT. SEVERAL ARTILLERY SHELLS FIRED FROM PAKISTAN LANDED ABOUT TWO KILOMETERS FROM WHERE THE PRIME MINISTER SPOKE ON SUNDAY. DURING HIS VISIT TO THE KASHMIR FRONT, MR. VAJPAYEE ALSO MET WITH SOME OF THE ESTIMATED 50-THOUSAND RESIDENTS WHO HAVE HAD TO FLEE THEIR HOMES BECAUSE OF FIGHTING. MR. VAJPAYEE'S TRIP TO KASHMIR CAME JUST ONE DAY AFTER THE FOREIGN MINISTER OF INDIA AND PAKISTAN ENDED TALKS IN NEW DELHI WITHOUT ANY AGREMENT ON HOW TO END THE CRISIS. FOLLOWING THE TALKS INDIA'S FOREIGN MINISTER JASWANT SINGH SAID HE SAW NO FURTHER POINT IN TALKING TO PAKISTAN UNLESS IT PULLS, WHAT INDIA SAYS ARE PAKISTANI-BACKED INFILTRATORS, OUT OF INDIAN TERRITORY. // SINGH ACT // INDIA IS COMMITTED TO THE PROCESS OF DIALOGUE. THE PURPOSE OF DIALOGUE IS VACATION OF AGRESSION. WE DO NOT HAVE THE LUXURY TO ENGAGE IN TALKS ABOUT TALKS. // END ACTUALITY // FOR HIS PART MR. SARTAJ AZIZ DENIES BACKING THE GUERRILLAS SAYING THEY ARE ACTUALLY FREEDOM FIGHTERS FROM INSIDE KASHMIR. HE ALSO DENIES THAT PAKISTANI TROOPS ARE FIGHTING ALONGSIDE THE GUERRILLAS. LATE SATURDAY INDIAN TROOPS OPENED FIRE ON WHAT THEY SAID IS A PAKISTANI SURVEILLANCE PLANE WHICH THEY SAY STRAYED ACROSS THE LINE OF CONTROL INTO INDIAN TERRITORY, FURTHER RAISING TENSIONS IN THE REGION. AS HE LEFT NEW DELHI ON SATURDAY PAKISTAN'S FOREIGN MINISTER, SARTAJ AZIZ, SAID HE BELIEVED THERE WOULD BE NO FURTHER ESCALATION OF THE CONFLICT. ON SUNDAY MR. AZIZ SOUNDED A DIFFERENT NOTE SAYING PAKISTAN WANTS PEACE BUT DOES HAVE THE CAPABILITY TO DEFEND ITS NATIONAL INTERESTS IF WAR IS IMPOSED ON ITS PEOPLE. (SIGNED) NEB/JLT/PLM 13-Jun-99 8:07 AM EDT (1207 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .