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DATE=6/25/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-251074 TITLE=INDO-PAK KASHMIR / S BYLINE=JIM TEEPLE DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: A U-S DIPLOMAT IS GOING TO NEW DELHI TO BRIEF SENIOR INDIAN OFFICIALS ON TALKS HELD IN PAKISTAN BETWEEN A SENIOR U-S MILITARY COMMANDER AND PAKISTAN'S MILITARY LEADERSHIP. V-O-A'S JIM TEEPLE REPORTS THE VISIT COMES AS INDIA'S PRIME MINISTER SAYS HIS COUNTRY HAS NO INTENTION OF CROSSING THE LINE OF CONTROL WHICH DIVIDES KASHMIR BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN. TEXT: DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE GIBSON LANPHER WILL BRIEF INDIAN OFFICIALS ABOUT TALKS HELD IN ISLAMABAD BETWEEN PAKISTANI LEADERS AND GENERAL ANTHONY ZINNI -- COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE U-S CENTRAL COMMAND. GENERAL ZINNI IS RESPONSIBLE FOR UNITED STATES MILITARY OPERATIONS IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND SOUTH ASIA. INDIAN OFFICIALS SAY THE VISIT DOES NOT MEAN THE UNITED STATES IS IN ANYWAY ACTING AS A MEDIATOR IN THE KASHMIR CRISIS. INDIA'S PRIME MINISTER ATAL BEHARI VAJPAYEE SAYS INDIA HAS NO INTENTION OF CROSSING THE LINE OF CONTROL. HIS REMARKS APPEAR TO PLAY DOWN A STATEMENT BY INDIA'S ARMY CHIEF OF STAFF WHO SAID INDIA COULD CROSS THE LINE OF CONTROL FOR MILITARY REASONS IF INDIA'S CABINET GIVES ITS APPROVAL. MEANWHILE, INDIAN COMMANDERS SAY THEY ARE NOW USING MIRAGE 2000 JETS WITH LASER-GUIDED BOMBS AGAINST BUNKERS OCCUPIED BY WHAT THEY DESCRIBE AS "PAKISTANI-BACKED INFILTRATORS." (SIGNED) NEB / JLT / WD / WD 25-Jun-99 2:37 AM EDT (0637 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .