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DATE=8/11/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=U-N - INDIA - PAKISTAN TENSION (L - ONLY) NUMBER=2-252697 BYLINE=MAX RUSTON DATELINE=UNITED NATIONS INTERNET=YES CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: The United Nations is (Wednesday) urging the governments of India and Pakistan to remain calm amid signs of escalating military tension between the two countries. V-O-A's U-N correspondent Max Ruston has more. TEXT: U-N spokesman Fred Eckhard says Secretary- General Kofi Annan is following the situation between India and Pakistan closely. He says both countries have sent letters to the U-N chief. But he would not disclose what was written in those letters. Mr. Eckhard says Mr. Annan would like the two countries to exercise restraint and resume bilateral talks. /// Eckhard act /// He continues to look forward to an early resumption of the bilateral dialogue between these two countries and he certainly hopes they will exercise restraint and not enter into a tit-for-tat situation that could lead to spiraling violence. /// End act /// The U-N Security Council also discussed the situation in South Asia, including India's downing of a Pakistani aircraft on Tuesday. Council President Martin Andjaba of Namibia: /// Andjaba act /// Yes, the issue came up under other matters and members of the Security Council took note of the statement which was issued early on by the Secretary-General and encourage both India and Pakistan to settle the problem through bilateral consultations. /// End act /// Mr. Andjaba says there are no immediate plans for the Council to take further action or hold discussions on the issue. The U-N Secretary-General has made it clear to India and Pakistan that he is willing to mediate in their territorial dispute over Kashmir, which has been the focus of tension between the two countries. Pakistan says it is open to such mediation. U-N officials say India has neither rejected nor welcomed the idea. (Signed) NEB/UN/MPR/LSF/PT 11-Aug-1999 17:54 PM LOC (11-Aug-1999 2154 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .