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DATE=7/3/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-251399 TITLE=PAKISTAN / U-S / KASHMIR (S-ONLY) BYLINE=AYAZ GUL DATELINE=ISLAMABAD CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: PAKISTANI PRIME MINISTER NAWAZ SHARIF IS LEAVING (HAS LEFT) ISLAMABAD (EARLY SUNDAY MORNING) FOR WASHINGTON FOR TALKS WITH PRESIDENT CLINTON ON THE GROWING MILITARY CONFRONTATION BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN. AYAZ GUL REPORTS FROM ISLAMABAD. TEXT: AN OFFICIAL PAKISTANI STATEMENT SAYS MR. SHARIF WILL MEET WITH PRESIDENT CLINTON SUNDAY TO DISCUSS HIS COUNTRY'S CURRENT CONFLICT WITH INDIA OVER KASHMIR. THE STATEMENT SAYS THE MEETING IS THE RESULT OF RECENT CONTACTS BETWEEN THE TWO LEADERS ON THE DETERIORATING SITUATION AND THE NEED FOR A SETTLEMENT OF THE KASHMIR DISPUTE, WHICH PAKISTAN SAYS HOLDS THE KEY TO DURABLE PEACE AND SECURITY IN SOUTH ASIA. THE UNITED STATES HAS BEEN TRYING TO DEFUSE THE SITUATION, WHICH HAS BROUGHT INDIA AND PAKISTAN TO THE VERGE OF AN ALL-OUT WAR. INDIA RULES OUT TALKS WITH PAKISTAN UNTIL ISLAMABAD WITHDRAWS ARMED INSURGENTS FROM INDIAN KASHMIR. PAKISTAN SAYS IT HAS NO CONTROL OVER WHAT IT CALLS KASHMIRI FREEDOM FIGHTERS (HOLY WARRIORS) SEEKING INDEPENDENCE FROM INDIA. (SIGNED) NEB/AG/GM 03-Jul-99 5:03 PM EDT (2103 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .