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DATE=8/13/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=INDIA PAKISTAN DISPUTE FR. (L-ONLY) NUMBER=2-252753 BYLINE=JIM TEEPLE DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Tensions remain high along the India-Pakistan border, with forces from both countries on high alert following two days of air clashes, earlier this week. V-O-A's Jim Teeple reports from New Delhi -- despite appeals from the United States and other nations -- India and Pakistan have not said whether they will abide by a 1991 agreement which was designed to prevent air conflicts from developing. Text: Pakistan and India remain locked in a diplomatic standoff, with their militaries on high alert. Each country accuses the other of starting the latest crisis, which began on Tuesday after Indian jet fighters shot down a Pakistani aerial reconnaissance plane which India says was on a spy mission, ten kilometers inside its southern border with Pakistan. Pakistan denies the charge, but does admit to firing at least one missile at Indian jet fighters Wednesday. The fighters were escorting Indian military helicopters carrying journalists to the area where the Pakistani plane was shot down. India has lodged diplomatic protests with Pakistan over both incidents, Indian officials say -- although they want a dialogue with Pakistan -- they will not tolerate what it describes as provocations. Both incidents occurred just weeks after the two nuclear powers came close to all-out war over Kashmir. The 11-week Kashmir crisis ended after Pakistan agreed to work to withdraw forces from mountain peaks on the Indian side of the Kashmir border, while denying that its forces were involved in the incursion. Indian officials say their downing of the Pakistani plane is simply a measured response to a military provocation and does signify a tougher response to Pakistani incursions into Indian territory. Raminder Jassal the spokesman for India's Foreign Ministry says India's military responds consistently whether in Kashmir or in the air above its southern border. // Jassal act // I think we should see these things in their correct perspective and proper proportion and in their proper context. There was, as you know, an intrusion, which Pakistan had undertaken in the Kargil region of Kashmir. Well, we used the correct amount of military force that was required in order to vacate that aggression. In this case (the plane downing) we've had an intrusion deep inside Indian air space. The Indian Air Force scrambled and engaged the intruder and after giving it every opportunity to land and comply with signals that were being given to it the Indian Air Force was constrained to shoot it down. So I think we should look at these things in their proper context. // end act // In Washington, State Department Spokesman James Rubin says both countries should exercise restraint and agree to adhere to a 1991 agreement. It requires combat aircraft to stay 10 kilometers away from the border. In recent days, both countries have criticized each other for violating the agreement but so far neither country will say whether it is currently abiding by it. (Signed) NEB / JLT / wd 13-Aug-1999 05:13 AM LOC (13-Aug-1999 0913 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .