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DATE=10/13/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=VAJPAYEE SWEARING-IN (L) NUMBER=2-254960 BYLINE=JIM TEEPLE DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: India's Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee says he is concerned about the military coup in Pakistan, but he is committed to friendly relations with India's neighbor. Correspondent Jim Teeple reports Mr. Vajpayee also says his government is willing to talk to the military authorities that are now in control in Islamabad. // INSERT ACT OF VAJPAYEE SWEARING IN..EST..AND FADE UNDER TEXT.// Text: Atal Behari Vajpayee was sworn in as Prime Minister for the third time (Wednesday), as Indian troops stayed on alert along the India Pakistan border. Speaking shortly after his swearing-in Mr. Vajpaye said he was concerned about the developments in Pakistan. Mr. Vajpayee also says he is willing to talk to the military authorities now in charge in Islamabad. India's Prime Minister says he wishes the people of Pakistan well, and wants good relations, but Pakistan must also act in good faith. // VAJPAYEE ACTUALITY // We would like to continue with the policy of friendly relations, but it is for Pakistan to create a climate for the resumption of dialogue between the two countries. // END ACTUALITY // Mr. Vajpyee's stated goal of improving relations with Pakistan is on hold following the military coup against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. But there have been no signs the coup in Islamabad will lead to new hostilities between India and Pakistan. India's Defense Minister, George Fernandes, says no unusual troop movements have been detected on Pakistan's side of the border and India does not feel threatened. // FERNANDES ACTUALITY // We do not visualize any threat, but we are always on alert. At this point of time there is a little bit of extra alert, that is about all. // END ACT // India and Pakistan have fought three wars since independence -- two over the disputed Kashmir region. Earlier this year both countries came close to war again after Indian troops confronted infiltrators in Kashmir who had crossed the border from Pakistan. Last year both India and Pakistan tested nuclear weapons, sparking fears of nuclear proliferation and an all-out arms race in South Asia. (SIGNED) NEB/JLT/RAE 13-Oct-1999 08:22 AM EDT (13-Oct-1999 1222 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .