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The White House Briefing Room


July 4, 1999

JOINT STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT CLINTON AND PRIME MINISTER SHARIF OF PAKISTAN



                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

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For Immediate Release                                   July 4, 1999


                              JOINT STATEMENT
                                    BY
          PRESIDENT CLINTON AND PRIME MINISTER SHARIF OF PAKISTAN


President Clinton and Prime Minister Sharif share the view that the current
fighting in the Kargil region of Kashmir is dangerous and contains the
seeds of a wider conflict.  They also agreed that it was vital for the
peace of South Asia that the Line of Control in Kashmir be respected by
both parties, in accordance with their 1972 Simla Accord.  It was agreed
between the President and the Prime Minister that concrete steps will be
taken for the restoration of the line of control in accordance with the
Simla Agreement.  The President urged an immediate cessation of the
hostilities once these steps are taken.  The Prime Minister and President
agreed that the bilateral dialogue begun in Lahore in February provides the
best forum for resolving all issues dividing India and Pakistan, including
Kashmir.  The President said he would take a personal interest in
encouraging an expeditious resumption and intensification of those
bilateral efforts, once the sanctity of the Line of Control has been fully
restored.  The President reaffirmed his intent to pay an early visit to
South Asia.


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