DATE=8/2/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=U-S / KASHMIR (L-ONLY) NUMBER=2-265074 BYLINE=DAVID GOLLUST DATELINE=WHITE HOUSE CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: President Clinton has telephoned Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to express personal condolences after the deadly extremist attacks on Hindus in Indian Kashmir. More than 90 people were killed in the incident. The U-S administration is urging all parties with interests in the disputed region to renounce violence. VOA's David Gollust reports from the White House. TEXT: Mr. Clinton - who visited India and Pakistan in March - has been personally involved in Kashmir diplomacy since helping defuse a potential clash over the disputed area in July of last year. Aides say that in a ten-minute telephone talk with Mr. Vajpayee, he expressed sympathy and condolence over Tuesday's events, while also commending the Indian leader for his stated determination to press on with peace efforts in Kashmir despite the loss of life. The killing spree - aimed mainly at Hindu migrant workers - came a week after one of Kashmir's main Muslim militant groups, the Hizbul Mujahedin - declared a three-month truce and said it would begin talks with the Indian government. At a briefing, State Department spokesman Philip Reeker called the attacks "wanton acts of inhumanity" that are clearly aimed at undermining the cease-fire, and said they underscore again the "pressing need" for all those involved in the conflict to renounce violence and resolve their differences by peaceful means. ///REEKER ACTUALITY/// This will take courage, wisdom and determination. We welcome the statement of Indian Prime Minister Vajpayee that India will continue to pursue the path of peace. We urge the governments and organizations involved to carry the process forward and not to allow the enemies of peace to sabotage this promising intiative. ///END ACT/// Indian has blamed the killings on factions directed by Pakistan. Pakistan's Foreign Ministry condemned the civilian deaths while suggesting the killings might be the work of renegade elements of the Indian army. Officials here said President Clinton did not intend to directly contact Pakistani military leader General Pervez Musharaff, but that U-S diplomats would talk to Pakistani officials and urge them to "use their influence" to bring an end to the violence. Because of Indian objections, the Clinton administration has not sought to mediate over Kashmir, which has been in dispute since India and Pakistan became independent more than a half-century ago. (SIGNED) NEB/DAG/KBK 02-Aug-2000 15:50 PM EDT (02-Aug-2000 1950 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .