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Navtej Sarna
Counsellor (Press, Information & Culture)
Washington, DC
(202) 939-7041

sarna@indiagov.org

Following is a press release issued in New Delhi on the
US-Pakistan Joint Statement issued in Washington

July 05, 1999
New Delhi

We have seen the US-Pakistan Joint Statement issued in Washington yesterday. Our US interlocutors have informed us that "concrete steps" referred to in the Statement means withdrawal by Pakistan of their forces from our side of the Line of Control in the Kargil sector. We have also noted the sequencing of steps agreed to in the statement, that only after withdrawal is completed will other contemplated steps be initiated. 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. Our military action in the Kargil sector, which has been initiated for this purpose, is making steady progress. It will continue with full force until the aggressors are cleared out, and the status quo ante on the Line of Control fully restored.

One word about the Lahore process. 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 aspect of India - Pakistan relations.