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13 October 1999


 

Text: Clinton Statement on Situation in Pakistan

(Oct. 13: Concern over "setback to Pakistani democracy") (160)

President Clinton said October 13 that "Pakistan's interests would be
served by a prompt return to civilian rule and restoration of the
democratic process."

Following is a text of his statement;

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THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the President For Immediate Release
October 13, 1999

STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

The events in Pakistan this week represent another setback to
Pakistani democracy. Pakistan's interests would be served by a prompt
return to civilian rule and restoration of the democratic process. I
urge that Pakistan move quickly in that direction.

I am sending my ambassador back to Islamabad to underscore my view
directly to the military authorities and to hear their intentions. I
will also be consulting closely with all concerned nations about
maintaining peace and stability in South Asia.

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