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DATE=7/1/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-251303 TITLE=INDIA / PAK / KASHMIR (L) BYLINE=JIM TEEPLE DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: INDIAN ARMY TROOPS AND FIGHTER JETS LAUNCHED NEW ASSAULTS THURSDAY AGAINST POSITIONS OCCUPIED BY, WHAT INDIA CALLS, INFILTRATORS FROM PAKISTAN. THURSDAY'S ASSAULTS TOOK PLACE AS DIPLOMATIC ACTIVITY TO END THE CONFLICT IS INTENSIFYING. VOA'S JIM TEEPLE REPORTS FROM NEW DELHI, A SENIOR INDIAN OFFICIAL SAYS INDIAN FORCES HAVE LARGELY ACCOMPLISHED THEIR GOAL OF PUSHING THE INTRUDERS OUT OF INDIAN TERRITORY AND HE SAYS FEARS OF A WIDER WAR BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN ARE GROUNDLESS. TEXT: INDIAN COMMANDERS SAY A FOURTH NIGHT OF AIRSTRIKES AGAINST POSITIONS ON HIGH MOUNTAIN RIDGES IS DESIGNED TO PREVENT THE GUERRILLAS FROM RESTING OR REGROUPING AT NEW STRATEGIC POINTS. THE INDIAN AIR FORCE BEGAN ROUND-THE-CLOCK AIRSTRIKES THIS WEEK WITH THE AIM OF GIVING GROUND TROOPS COVER TO ADVANCE AT NIGHT. // OPT // SO FAR COMMANDERS SAY THE STRATEGY IS WORKING AND THEY ARE SLOWLY MAKING THEIR WAY UP STEEP RIDGES TO CAPTURE "TIGER HILL" THE LAST MAJOR STRATEGIC PEAK WHICH OVERLOOKS THE MAIN EAST-WEST HIGHWAY IN KASHMIR. // END OPT // INDIA'S HOME MINISTER (INTERIOR MINISTER) L-K ADVANI SAYS INDIAN FORCES HAVE SUCCESSFULLY PUSHED THE INTRUDERS, IN HIS WORDS "BACK TO THE WALL" AND THAT PAKISTAN'S GAME PLAN IN KASHMIR, AS HE PUTS IT, HAS BEEN COMPLETELY DEFEATED. SPEAKING IN SRINIGAR, THE SUMMER CAPITAL OF INDIA'S JAMMU AND KASHMIR STATE ON THURSDAY, MR. ADVANI ALSO DEFENDED THE METHODICAL PACE AT WHICH INDIAN TROOPS ARE ADVANCING -- SAYING A MORE RAPID ADVANCE WOULD MEAN HIGHER CASULTIES FOR INDIAN TROOPS. // ADVANI ACT // I CAN TELL YOU THE KARGIL AGGRESSION CAN BE COMPLETELY FOILED WITHIN A VERY SHORT TIME BUT THE COST WE WOULD HAVE TO BEAR WOULD BE ENORMOUS. AND IT IS THIS COST IN TERMS OF LIVES PARTICULARLY THAT MAKES US GO AT THE PACE AT WHICH WE ARE GOING. // END ACT // // OPT // INDIAN OFFICIALS CONFIRM THE MILITARY COMMANDERS OF BOTH INDIA AND PAKISTAN HAVE HELD A TELEPHONE CONVERSATION ABOUT THE SITUATION IN KASHMIR. THE TALK FOLLOWS AN EXCHANGE OF MESSAGES ON SUNDAY BETWEEN THE PRIME MINISTERS OF BOTH NATIONS, AND A FLURRY OF DIPLOMATIC ACTIVITY IN RECENT DAYS AS OFFICIAL AND NON-OFFICIAL EMMISSARIES HAVE FLOWN BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN NEW DELHI AND ISLAMABAD. // END OPT // MR. ADVANI, A CLOSE CONFIDANT OF INDIA'S PRIME MINISTER ATAL BEHARI VAJPAYEE, SAYS DIRECT TALKS BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN CAN ONLY TAKE PLACE IF PAKISTAN WITHDRAWS, WHAT HE CALLS, INFILTRATORS FROM INDIAN TERRITORY. // ADVANI ACT // NOTHING SHORT OF STATUS QUO ANTE, THE WITHDRAWAL OF PAKISTAN'S AGGRESSION IN THE KARGIL REGION OF KASHMIR. ONLY GOING BACK BEHIND THE LINE OF CONTROL ON THEIR SIDE CAN LEAD TO ANY DISCUSSION. // END ACT // MR. ADVANI ALSO REPEATED A STATEMENT MADE BY INDIA'S PRIME MINISTER THAT INDIA HAS NO INTENTION OF CROSSING THE LINE OF CONTROL WHICH DIVIDES KASHMIR TO ATTACK THE GUERRILLAS SUPPLY ROUTES. L-K ADVANI SAYS INDIA HAS BENEFITTED BOTH DIPLOMATICALLY AND MILITARILY FROM ITS POLICY OF STAYING ON ITS SIDE OF THE KASHMIR BORDER, AND INDIA HAS NO INTENTION OF CHANGING THAT POLICY NOW. (SIGNED) NEB/JT/PLM 01-Jul-99 6:54 AM EDT (1054 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .