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DATE=6/14/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-250618 TITLE=INDIA / KASHMIR / PAK (L) BYLINE=JIM TEEPLE DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: INDIAN ARMY TROOPS AND INDIAN AIR FORCE JETS CONTINUED ATTACKS MONDAY AGAINST POSITIONS OCCUPIED BY WHAT INDIA DESCRIBES AS INFILTRATORS BACKED BY PAKISTAN. FIERCE HAND-TO-HAND COMBAT IS REPORTED ON MOUNTAIN BATTLEFIELDS BY INDIAN COMMANDERS WHO SAY THEY CAPTURED MORE TERRITORY ON MONDAY. VOA'S JIM TEEPLE REPORTS INDIAN COMMANDERS SAY HEAVY SHELLING ON MONDAY DOES NOT MEAN THEY PLAN TO CROSS THE BORDER INTO PAKISTAN. TEXT: INDIAN COMMANDERS SAY THEIR TROOPS HAVE NOW ADVANCED BEYOND TOLOLING PEAK WHICH THEY CAPTURED ON SUNDAY. THE PEAK OVERLOOKS THE MAIN EAST-WEST HIGHWAY IN KASHMIR. HAND-TO-HAND COMBAT AT ALTITUDES OF FIVE-THOUSAND METERS IS TAKING ITS TOLL. INDIA NOW SAYS IT HAS OFFICIALLY LOST MORE THAN 100 MEN WHILE SAYING NEARLY 300 GUERRILLAS HAVE BEEN KILLED. ARTILLERY SHELLING FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE KASHMIR BORDER INTENSIFIED ON MONDAY. INDIAN AUTHORITIES SAY ABOUT TEN THOUSAND PEOPLE HAVE BEEN FORCED TO FLEE THEIR HOMES IN THE JAMMU REGION OF KASHMIR WHICH IS ABOUT 300 KILOMETERS SOUTH OF WHERE THE INDIAN ARMY IS BATTLING THE GUERRILLAS. PAKISTAN SAYS SOME OF THE INDIAN SHELLS LANDING ON ITS SIDE OF THE BORDER COULD BE CARRYING CHEMICAL WEAPONS. ON MONDAY INDIA'S FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN RAMINDER JASSAL CALLED THE PAKISTANI ACCUSATION ABSURD. // INSERT JASSAL ACTUALITY // THE INDIAN ARMY DOES NOT USE CHEMICAL WEAPONS. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO EMPHASIZE THAT INDIA IS ONE OF THE FOUNDER MEMBERS OF THE CHEMICAL WEAPONS CONVENTION, AND WE ARE A COUNTRY THAT IS KNOWN TO LIVE UP VERY SERIOUSLY TO ALL ITS INTERNATIONAL OBLIGATIONS. // END ACTUALITY // INDIAN COMMANDERS SAY THEIR ARTILLERY SHELLING IN THE JAMMU REGION OF KASHMIR IS IN RESPONSE TO SHELLING FROM PAKISTAN AND DOES NOT MEAN THEY WILL CROSS THE LINE OF CONTROL -- WHICH DIVIDES KASHMIR -- AND ATTACK PAKISTAN. THE INCREASED SHELLING IN THE JAMMU REGION COMES JUST TWO DAYS AFTER THE FOREIGN MINISTERS OF INDIA AND PAKISTAN ENDED TALKS IN NEW DELHI WITHOUT ANY AGREEMENT ON HOW TO END THE CRISIS. // REST OPT // INDIA SAYS IF A DIALOGUE IS TO TAKE PLACE, PAKISTAN MUST AGREE TO WITHDRAW WHAT INDIA DESCRIBES AS "INFILTRATORS" FROM INDIAN TERRITORY AND RESPECT THE BOUNDARIES OF THE LINE OF CONTROL. PAKISTAN DENIES THAT IT OFFERS WHAT IT DESCRIBES AS KASHMIRI FREEDOM FIGHTERS ANYTHING MORE THAN MORAL AND DIPLOMATIC SUPPORT. RAMINDER JASSAL OF INDIA'S FOREIGN MINISTRY SAYS INDIA WILL NOT CROSS THE LINE OF CONTROL INTO PAKISTAN BECAUSE IT RESPECTS THE 1972 TREATY WHICH CREATED IT. // JASSAL ACT // WE HAVE ALWAYS RESPECTED THE LINE OF CONTROL AS WE HAVE ALWAYS RESPECTED AND LIVED UP TO TO OUR INTERNATIONAL OBLIGATIONS FLOWING FROM SOLEMN BILATERAL AGREEMENTS. WE HAVE NOT VIOLATED THE LINE OF CONTROL, WE HAVE NEVER DONE THAT, WE HAVE ALWAYS RESPECTED IT. // END ACT // MEANWHILE, INDIA'S FOREIGN MINISTER, JASWANT SINGH, MET WITH CHINA'S FOREIGN MINISTER IN BEIJING ON MONDAY. MR. SINGH SAYS THE TALKS ARE BILATERAL IN NATURE BUT REGIONAL ISSUES OF CONCERN WILL ALSO BE DISCUSSED. MR. SINGH'S TRIP FOLLOWS A VISIT TO BEIJING LAST WEEK BY PAKISTAN'S FOREIGN MINISTER SARTAJ AZIZ. (SIGNED) NEB/JLT/LTD/KL 14-Jun-99 10:35 AM EDT (1435 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .