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28 May 1998

TEXT: BROWNBACK "GRAVELY DISAPPOINTED" BY PAKISTAN'S NUCLEAR TESTS

(Withdraws his bill to repeal the Pressler Amendment) (240)



Washington -- U.S. Senator Sam Brownback (Republican, Kansas),
Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South Asian
Affairs, said May 28 that he is "gravely disappointed" by Pakistan's
nuclear weapons tests.


Brownback announced that today (May 28) he is withdrawing his bill to
repeal the Pressler Amendment to the Foreign Assistance Act, which he
originally introduced to alleviate Pakistan's security concerns
following India's nuclear testing earlier this month.


Following is the text of a press release on Brownback's remarks:



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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, Chairman of the Senate
Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs, said he is
gravely disappointed by today's nuclear weapons tests in Pakistan.


"This marks a dangerous chain-reaction that has to be stopped,"
Brownback said. "I am gravely disappointed by today's events in
Pakistan. The Pakistani government's decision to test nuclear devices
seriously erodes regional stability in South Asia.


"Today I am withdrawing my bill to repeal the Pressler Amendment to
the Foreign Assistance Act. I originally introduced this bill to
alleviate Pakistan's security concerns following India's nuclear
testing earlier this month.


"I strongly urge India and Pakistan to remain calm at this critical
time. They must not let current tensions spill over into long-standing
flash-points between them, particularly the situation in Kashmir,"
Brownback said.


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