DATE=8/11/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=CLINTON-INDIA-PAKISTAN (L-ONLY) NUMBER=2-252700 BYLINE=DAVID GOLLUST DATELINE=WHITE HOUSE CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: The White House says planning continues for President Clinton to take a trip to South Asia early next year despite this week's flare-up of tensions between India and Pakistan. V-O-A's David Gollust reports from the White House. Text: Mr. Clinton postponed a South Asian trip last year after India and Pakistan tested nuclear weapons. But officials here say the latest trouble between the two powers - including Tuesday's downing by India of a Pakistani surveillance aircraft - has not derailed planning for a Presidential visit to India and Pakistan, and perhaps also Bangladesh, next year. Mr. Clinton has been closely involved in South Asia diplomacy as underscored by his Washington meeting by Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif five weeks ago - - which helped ease the renewed crisis in Kashmir. White House National Security Council spokesman David Leavy says the United States has major regional and bilateral interests in South Asia to pursue. And while no dates have been set, he "fully expects" the President to make the trip: /// Leavy Actuality /// The President believes that he can go and he can engage both parties in a broad dialogue. And what has happened in the last two days shouldn't necessarily work against that. He made it clear to Prime Minister Sharif when he was here for the July 4th meeting that it was his intention to go, that the relationship had many facets and we had to engage and move forward on that. /// End Act /// Mr. Leavy said it is not the Administration's role to assign blame for his week's air incidents and he again urged both governments to return to the process of dialogue set forth in their Lahore summit in February. He also called on India and Pakistan to abide by terms of their 1991 agreement that provides a mechanism for dealing with airspace violations. (Signed) NEB/DAG/TVM/JO 11-Aug-1999 18:46 PM EDT (11-Aug-1999 2246 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .