DATE=8/10/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=U-N-INDIA-PAKISTAN(L-O) NUMBER=2-252656 BYLINE=MAX RUSTON DATELINE=UNITED NATIONS INTERNET=YES CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: U-N Secretary-General Kofi Annan is urging India and Pakistan to exercise restraint, following India's downing of a Pakistani plane earlier today (Tuesday). U-N correspondent Max Ruston reports from New York. TEXT: A brief statement issued by Mr. Annan expresses regret for the loss of life following India's downing of the Pakistani plane. In the statement, Mr. Annan is careful not to place blame for the incident on either party. Instead he urges the two countries to resume talks aimed at reducing tension. U-N Spokesman Fred Eckhard: /// ECKHARD ACT /// He [Mr. Annan] is increasingly concerned at repeated incidents between India and Pakistan and urges that the differences between them be resolved by peaceful means. He calls on both countries to exercise maximum restraint. /// END ACT /// Mr. Annan says he is looking forward to a resumption of peace talks between the two countries. During the past year, Mr. Annan has offered several times to mediate between the two declared nuclear powers in their territorial dispute over Kashmir. Pakistan says it is open to such mediation. U-N officials say India has neither rejected nor welcomed the idea. Pakistan says 16 people were killed Tuesday when a naval aircraft on routine patrol over Pakistani territory was shot down. Islamabad has condemned the shooting as an unprovoked aggression. New Delhi says the plane was shot down over Indian Territory after it refused to respond to radio requests for identification. (SIGNED) NEB/UN/MPR/RAE 10-Aug-1999 14:31 PM EDT (10-Aug-1999 1831 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .