News



DATE=5/18/98
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-232417
TITLE=CLINTON / BLAIR / PAKISTAN (L)
BYLINE=DAVID GOLLUST
DATELINE=GENEVA
CONTENT=
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INTRO:  PRESIDENT CLINTON AND BRITISH PRIME MINISTER TONY BLAIR 
HAVE MADE A JOINT APPEAL TO PAKISTANI PRIME MINISTER NAWAZ SHARIF
NOT TO CONDUCT A NUCLEAR TEST.  CORRESPONDENT DAVID GOLLUST 
REPORTS FROM GENEVA, WHERE MR. CLINTON ADDRESSED THE WORLD TRADE 
ORGANIZATION.

TEXT:  WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS SAY MR. CLINTON AND PRIME MINISTER 
BLAIR SPOKE TO THE PAKISTANI LEADER BY TELEPHONE FROM LONDON FOR 
HALF AN HOUR TO PERSONALLY APPEAL FOR RESTRAINT. 

THEY TOLD MR. SHARIF A DECISION NOT TO RESPOND IN KIND TO INDIA'S
NUCLEAR TESTS WOULD BE STRONGLY SUPPORTED IN THE INTERNATIONAL 
COMMUNITY.

PRIME MINISTER SHARIF IS UNDERSTOOD TO HAVE EXPLAINED THE 
DIFFICULT POLITICAL AND SECURITY SITUATION HIS GOVERNMENT FACES, 
AND MADE NO COMMITMENT ON THE TESTING ISSUE.

AT A NEW CONFERENCE IN LONDON, MR. CLINTON EXPRESSED CONCERN THAT
IF PAKISTAN CARRIES OUT THE TEST IT SAYS IT IS FULLY READY FOR, 
IT COULD BEGIN TO UNRAVEL PROGRESS MADE ON NUCLEAR 
NON-PROLIFERATION:

                    /// CLINTON ACTUALITY ///

         THIS IS A INDEED A VERY SAD THING.  BECAUSE IT HAS THE 
         PROSPECT OF SPREADING NOT JUST TO PAKISTAN BUT TO 
         OTHERS, IN A WAY THAT COULD REVERSE DECADES OF MOVEMENT 
         AWAY FROM THE NUCLEAR PRECIPICE.  IN WAYS THAT CLEARLY 

         WILL NOT INCREASE THE SECURITY OF COUNTRIES -- NO MATTER
         HOW MANY TIMES THEY SAY OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN 
         THEY ONLY WANTED THESE WEAPONS FOR DEFENSIVE PURPOSES.

                         /// END ACT ///

MR. CLINTON SAID HE COULD NOT PRESSURE THE PAKISTANI PRIME 
MINISTER.  BUT THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION IS WORKING ON 
INCENTIVES FOR PAKISTAN NOT TO TEST, INCLUDING SETTLING A LONG 
RUNNING DISPUTE OVER FIGHTER PLANES PAKISTAN PAID FOR, BUT WERE 
IMPOUNDED UNDER A U-S NON-PROLIFERATION LAW.

MR. CLINTON EXPRESSED HOPE IN LONDON THAT IF INDIA DECLARED AN 
END TO TESTING, AND SIGNED THE COMPREHENSIVE NUCLEAR TEST BAN 
TREATY, PAKISTAN WOULD -- AS IT HAD INDICATED IN THE PAST -- ALSO
JOIN THE TEST BAN.   (SIGNED)

NEB/DAG/WDC/RAE

18-May-98 2:02 PM EDT (1802 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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