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July 23, 1999
Restore LoC, US tells Pak
Without specifically naming Pakistan, the United States has again called for the restoration of the Line of Control and asked India to exercise restraint in its on-going military operation to expel the remaining infiltrators from its territory in Kashmir.
''We have seen reports that some of the infiltrators on the Indian side of the Line of Control have not withdrawn. We think it's vital for peace that the Line of Control be restored,'' state department spokesman James Rubin said, in reply to a question yesterday.
He recalled that ''India has said it intends to clear the infiltrators on its side of the line and will continue military operations until they are removed.
''We trust that the Indian government will continue to exercise the kind of restraint in pursuing this operation that they have throughout the Kargil crisis.''
Rubin said Indian and Pakistani officials and military officers had successfully ended most of the fighting around Kargil through talks. ''We hope that this remaining issue can be settled quickly,'' he added.
In reply to another question, he said the United States was worried about the transfer of missile and missile technology to Pakistan and other countries by North Korea. ''We will be vigilant in ensuring that we do what we can to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery technologies,'' he added.
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