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DATE=6/29/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-251221 TITLE=INDIA / KASHMIR (L ONLY) BYLINE=ANJANA PASRICHA DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: INDIA SAYS IT HAS RECAPTURED MORE GUERRILLA POSITIONS AS IT PRESSES AHEAD WITH ITS MILITARY OFFENSIVE TO EVICT ARMED INTRUDERS FROM INDIAN KASHMIR. THE TENSE STANDOFF BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN HAS NOW REACHED THE DIPLOMATIC FRONT, WITH EACH NATION ACCUSING THE OTHER OF MISTREATING ITS DIPLOMATS. FROM NEW DELHI ANJANA PASRICHA HAS A REPORT. TEXT: INDIAN DEFENSE OFFICIALS SAY THEIR TROOPS STORMED GUERRILLA POSITIONS EARLY TUESDAY AND RECAPTURED POINT 4700, A STRATEGIC HIMALAYAN PEAK KNOWN BY ITS HEIGHT IN METERS. THE ASSAULT ON THE PEAK CAME AFTER A NIGHT OF INTENSE ARTILLERY SHELLING. DEFENSE SPOKESMAN COLONEL BIKRAM SINGH SAYS THE RECAPTURE OF THE PEAK BY INDIAN FORCES WILL GREATLY REDUCE THE GUERRILLAS ABILITY TO FIRE DOWN ON AN IMPORTANT NATIONAL HIGHWAY. ///INSERT SINGH ACT/// WITH THE CLEARANCE OF THESE OBJECTIVES, THESE TWO POSITIONS OF THE ENEMY IN THE DRAS SECTOR, THE DOMINATION OF THE ROAD, THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY ONE ALPHA, WILL BE FURTHER ELIMINATED. ///END SINGH ACT/// THE TWO NATIONS ARE ALSO TRADING CHARGES ON THE DIPLOMATIC FRONT. ON TUESDAY, INDIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY OFFICIALS ACCUSED PAKISTAN OF SEVERELY BEATING AN INDIAN EMBASSY EMPLOYEE (N.R. DORAISWAMY) IN ISLAMABAD. OFFICIALS SAY THE INCIDENT OCCURRED AFTER INDIA EXPELLED A PAKISTANI DIPLOMAT MONDAY ON CHARGES OF SPYING. PAKISTAN HAS DENIED ITS DIPLOMAT WAS INVOLVED IN SPYING, AND SAYS HE WAS ILLEGALLY DETAINED AND MISTREATED BY INDIAN INTELLIGENCE AGENTS. WHILE LITTLE IS KNOWN ABOUT THE DIPLOMATIC INITIATIVES BEING TAKEN TO SOLVE THE KASHMIR CRISIS, INDIA IS CONTINUING ITS CAMPAIGN TO GATHER INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT FOR ITS DEMAND THAT PAKISTAN WITHDRAW THE ARMED INTRUDERS FROM INDIAN KASHMIR. INDIA'S FOREIGN SECRETARY, K. RAGHUNATH, HAS DISCUSSED THE KASHMIR CRISIS WITH FRENCH OFFICIALS IN PARIS. OFFICIALS IN NEW DELHI SAY FRANCE HAS SUPPORTED INDIA'S POSITION THAT EACH SIDE MUST KEEP ITS FORCES BEHIND THE LINE OF CONTROL THAT DIVIDES INDIAN KASHMIR FROM PAKISTANI KASHMIR. INDIAN PRIME MINISTER BEHARI VAJPAYEE HAS STRESSED, NEW DELHI WILL ONLY RESUME A DIALOGUE WITH ISLAMABAD AFTER THE FIGHTING IN KASHMIR ENDS. HE ALSO SAYS THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT WORKING OUT A "SECRET DEAL" WITH THE UNITED STATES AND PAKISTAN TO END THE KASHMIR STANDOFF. (REST OPT) MEANWHILE, IN AN INCIDENT UNRELATED TO THE FIGHTING, POLICE SAY 15 MUSLIM MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN WERE SHOT DEAD IN A REMOTE BORDER VILLAGE IN JAMMU AND KASHMIR STATE. POLICE ARE ATTRIBUTING THE KILLINGS TO RIVALRY BETWEEN TWO GUERRILLA FACTIONS. (SIGNED) NEB/AP/KL 29-Jun-99 11:06 AM EDT (1506 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .