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DATE=7/5/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-251444 TITLE=INDIA / PAK / KASHMIR (L) BYLINE=JIM TEEPLE DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: INDIA SAYS IT WILL WATCH DEVELOPMENTS ON THE GROUND IN KASHMIR TO SEE IF WHAT IT CALLS -- PAKISTANI-BACKED INFILTRATORS BEGIN TO LEAVE ITS TERRITORY FOLLOWING TALKS IN WASHINGTON BETWEEN PRESIDENT CLINTON AND PAKISTAN'S PRIME MINISTER NAWAZ SHARIF. CORRESPONDENT JIM TEEPLE REPORTS FROM NEW DELHI, THAT INDIA SAYS THE KASHMIR CONFLICT IS A BILATERAL ISSUE AND THE WASHINGTON TALKS DO NOT MEAN THE UNITED STATES HAS BECOME A MEDIATOR TO THE DISPUTE. TEXT: INDIAN OFFICIALS SAY THEY HAVE BEEN FULLY BRIEFED BY U-S OFFICIALS ABOUT THE WASHINGTON TALKS, AND THOSE OFFICIALS HAVE ASSURED THEM PAKISTAN HAS AGREED TO WITHDRAW FORCES FROM THE INDIAN SIDE OF THE LINE OF CONTROL WHICH DIVIDES KASHMIR. RAMINDER JASSAL THE CHIEF SPOKESMAN FOR INDIA'S FOREIGN MINISTER SAYS INDIA WILL NOW WATCH AND WAIT, TO SEE IF PAKISTAN LIVES UP THE COMMITMENT IT MADE IN WASHINGTON. // JASSAL ACT // WE HOPE PAKISTAN WILL HEED THIS CALL IMMEDIATELY. WE WILL BE WATCHING DEVELOPMENTS ON THE GROUND. WE REAFFIRM THAT PAKISTAN'S ARMED INTRUSION AND AGGRESSION HAS TO BE VACATED. // END ACT // INDIA ACCUSES PAKISTAN OF INVADING ITS TERRITORY USING A MIX OF PAKISTANI ARMY REGULARS AND ISLAMIC MILITANTS. PAKISTAN DENIES INVOLVEMENT IN THE FIGHTING IN KASHMIR. INDIA SAYS IT HAS CAPTURED, IN ITS TERRITORY, ONE PAKISTANI SOLDIER WHO BELONGS TO A BATTALION OF PAKISTAN'S NORTHERN LIGHT INFANTRY. RAMINDER JASSAL OF INDIA'S FOREIGN MINISTRY SAYS THE TALKS BETWEEN PRIME MINISTER SHARIF AND PRESIDENT CLINTON IN WASHINGTON DO NOT MEAN THE UNITED STATES IS IN ANY WAY MEDIATING THE KASHMIR CONFLICT OR ANY OTHER BILATERAL ISSUES BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN. // 2ND JASSAL ACT // IT IS DIRECT AND BILATERAL. IN THIS PROCESS THERE IS NO PLACE WHATSOEVER FOR ANY THIRD PARTY INVOLVEMENT. THE SAME IS TRUE FOR ANY OTHER ASPECTS OF INDIA-PAKISTAN RELATIONS. // END ACT // MR. JASSAL SAYS INDIA'S MILITARY OPERATION TO CLEAR ENEMY FIGHTERS FROM ITS TERRITORY IS MAKING STEADY PROGRESS AND WILL CONTINUE. // REST OPT // SUNDAY, INDIA CAPTURED THE SUMMIT OF "TIGER HILL" WHICH OVERLOOKS THE MAIN EAST-WEST HIGHWAY IN KASHMIR. MILITARY COMMANDERS SAY FIGHTING CONTINUES ON THE SLOPES OF "TIGER HILL" AS THEY CONDUCT WHAT THEY DESCRIBE AS MOPPING UP OPERATIONS. COMMANDERS SAY THEY WILL SHIFT THE BULK OF THEIR FORCES TO AN AREA OF KASHMIR KNOWN AS THE "BATALIK SECTOR" WHERE THEY SAY THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF FIGHTERS DUG IN ON SEVERAL PEAKS. COMMANDERS SAY THE FIGHTING IN BATALIK WILL BE EQUALLY AS DIFFICULT AS ON "TIGER HILL." (SIGNED) NEB/JLT/RAE 05-Jul-99 9:48 AM EDT (1348 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .