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DATE=6/20/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-250882 TITLE=INDIA / KASHMIR (L ONLY) BYLINE=ANJANA PASRICHA DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: INDIA SAYS IT EXPECTS PAKISTAN TO PULL BACK ARMED INTRUDERS FROM INDIAN KASHMIR FOLLOWING A CALL BY THE WORLD'S LEADING INDUSTRIALIZED NATIONS FOR THE TWO COUNTRIES TO END THEIR CONFRONTATION IN KASHMIR. BUT INDIA SAYS ITS MILITARY CAMPAIGN TO ROOT OUT THE INFILTRATORS WILL CONTINUE. ANJANA PASRICHA REPORTS, THE INDIAN ARMY ALSO SAYS IT HAS RECAPTURED A STRATEGIC PEAK FROM GUERRILLAS IN INDIAN KASHMIR. TEXT: INDIA HAS WELCOMED A STATEMENT BY THE GROUP OF EIGHT NATIONS APPEALING TO INDIA AND PAKISTAN TO STOP MILITARY ACTION IN THE DISPUTED KASHMIR REGION. FOREIGN MINISTRY OFFICIALS SAY THE STATEMENT REPRESENTS KEY DIPLOMATIC SUPPORT FROM THE WORLD'S MAJOR POWERS FOR INDIA'S POSITION THAT THE KASHMIR CONFLICT HAS ARISEN DUE TO AN INFILTRATION BY ARMED INTRUDERS INTO INDIAN TERRITORY. INDIA ACCUSES PAKISTAN OF SENDING IN ARMED GUERRILLAS WITH THE AIM OF ALTERING THE LINE OF CONTROL THAT DIVIDES KASHMIR BETWEEN THE TWO NATIONS. INDIA SAYS THE ONLY AIM OF ITS MILITARY ACTION IS TO RESTORE THE STATUS QUO OF THIS BORDER. FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN R-S JASSAL SAYS THE GROUP OF EIGHT COUNTRIES, IN THEIR STATEMENT ON THE KASHMIR CRISIS, HAVE BEEN RESPONSIVE TO INDIA'S CONCERNS. /// INSERT JASSAL ACT /// I THINK THIS (THE G 8 STATEMENT) IS BASICALLY AN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF THE FACT THAT INDIA'S POSITION ON THIS MATTER HAS BEEN THE RIGHT ONE AND THE FACT THAT THE SOURCE OF THE CONFLICT IS THE ARMED INTRUSION WHICH HAS BEEN LAUNCHED BY PAKISTAN FROM THEIR SIDE OF THE LINE OF CONTROL. WE EXPECT THAT PAKISTAN WILL HEED THIS CALL AND ACT TO IMMEDIATELY PUT AN END TO ITS IRRESPONSIBLE CONDUCT AND FULLY RESTORE THE STATUS QUO ANTE ON THE LINE OF CONTROL. /// END JASSAL ACT /// MEANWHILE, DEFENSE OFFICIALS IN NEW DELHI SAY THEY HAVE RECAPTURED A VITAL PEAK ON THE TOLOLING RIDGE IN THE KASHMIR'S DRAS REGION. THE OFFICIALS SAY GUERRILLAS ENTRENCHED ON THE PEAK WERE A THREAT TO A KEY HIGHWAY THAT LINKS SRINAGAR TO LEH. THE INDIAN ARMY CLEARED THE PEAK AFTER INTENSIVE AIR STRIKES IN THE AREA. ARMY SPOKESMAN COLONEL BIKRAM SINGH SAYS THE MILITARY CAMPAIGN TO REPULSE THE GUERRILLAS IS SLOW DUE TO THE MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN WHERE THE FIGHTING IS TAKING PLACE. /// INSERT SINGH ACT /// IT HAS TAKEN US NEARLY THREE WEEKS TO CLEAR THE RIDGE LINE. SO YOU WOULD APPRECIATE IT'S AN ARDUOUS, LONG DRAWN AFFAIR, AND IT DOES TAKE TIME. /// END SINGH ACT /// THE FIGHTING HAS HEIGHTENED TENSIONS BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN, RAISING FEARS THAT THE FIGHTING MAY ESCALATE INTO A WIDER CONFLICT. (SIGNED) NEB/AP/KL 20-Jun-99 11:28 AM EDT (1528 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .