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DATE=3/14/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=U-S / INDIA / PAKISTAN (L-ONLY) NUMBER=2-260182 BYLINE=KYLE KING DATELINE=STATE DEPARTMENT CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: U-S Secretary of State Madeleine Albright says President Clinton will use his trip to South Asia next week to urge a return to civilian rule in Pakistan and controls on India's nuclear and missile program. From the State Department, V-O-A's Kyle King reports. TEXT: Secretary of State Albright says the United States regards the 1998 nuclear tests by India and Pakistan as an historic mistake. In a speech (to the Asia Society) outlining U-S goals for the President's trip, Ms. Albright called nuclear proliferation the number one U-S security concern. /// ALBRIGHT ACT /// For this reason, we must accept that significant progress in this area is necessary before India and the United States can realize fully the vast potential of our relationship. /// END ACT /// Ms. Albright says overall U-S relations with India are good, but she adds that more needs to be done to reduce the threat of nuclear war. She also says the Indian government should strengthen controls on the export of weapons technology. President Clinton's five-day visit to India will be the first by a U-S president in more than two decades. Ms. Albright says New Delhi's strained relations with neighboring Pakistan will also be a key topic of discussion. The secretary says President Clinton decided to visit Pakistan because the United States has important and urgent interests there. But she says the visit is not an endorsement of the military government, which seized power last October. /// 2ND ALBRIGHT ACT /// And on one key issue, I want to leave no room for doubt: In no way is this a decision to endorse the military coup or government led by General Musharraf. And no one should interpret it as such. /// END ACT /// Ms. Albright also says the president has no intention of trying to use the visit to mediate the long-running territorial dispute over Kashmir. She is calling on both sides to respect the "line of control," which separates Indian and Pakistani forces that have fought several wars over the region. On the president's visit to Bangladesh, Ms. Albright said the United States wants to support the constructive role the government plays in international affairs. She noted U-S investment in Bangladesh is 30 times greater than it was three years ago, and she says the country is on the verge of what she calls a quantum leap forward. The president departs for South Asia Saturday. Secretary of State Albright will join him in India following a two-day European conference in Venice, Italy. (Signed) NEB/KBK/ENE/PT/WTW 14-Mar-2000 16:38 PM EDT (14-Mar-2000 2138 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .