- Pak Blast, Voice of America, 26 December 2000 -- Security has been increased around Pakistan, following a series of bomb explosions, earlier this week.
- India / Kashmir, Voice of America, 26 December 2000 -- India says it is determined to push ahead with its peace initiative
in Kashmir, despite a spate of recent attacks by suspected Kashmiri
- India/Kashmir Bomb, Voice of America, 25 December 2000 -- Indian police say at least five people have been killed and more than twenty injured in a powerful bomb blast in the Kashmiri capital, Srinagar.
- India Killings, Voice of America, 23 December 2000 -- In India, security forces have launched search operations for a suspected Kashmiri suicide squad which gunned down three people at the historic Red Fort in the Indian capital.
- Indi/Kashmir, Voice of America, 22 December 2000 -- Separatist leaders in Indian Kashmir say they hope to travel to Pakistan next month to discuss the latest peace initiatives by the Indian and Pakistani governments.
- Pak-India-Kashmir, Voice of America, 21 December 2000 -- Pakistan says a significant - number of its troops have begun to pull out from the border dividing Kashmir.
- India/Kashmir, Voice of America, 20 December 2000 -- India has extended the government's unilateral ceasefire in Kashmir by another month.
- Clinton Statement on Kashmir Conflict, The White House, Office of the Secretary, 20 December 2000 -- President Clinton has welcomed moves by the Indian and Pakistani governments to reduce tension over the disputed territory of Kashmir.
- Yearender: Kashmir, Voice of America, 18 December 2000 -- Earlier this year, President Clinton called the disputed Kashmir
region "the most dangerous place on earth." Mr.
- India / Kashmir, Voice of America, 18 December 2000 -- Separatist political leaders in Indian Kashmir say they support talks
with India over a future political settlement for the disputed region.
- U-S election/India react, Voice of America, 15 December 2000 -- George W. Bush's presidential election victory has elicited a generally positive reaction in the world's largest democracy, India.
- Pakistan / Nuclear Restraint, Voice of America, 14 December 2000 -- A top Pakistani military official is offering a three-step proposal which he says would help avoid nuclear war in South Asia.
- Yearender: India / U-S, Voice of America, 13 December 2000 -- The year 2000 saw a dramatic improvement in relations between the world's two largest democracies - India and the United States.
- Kashmir Violence, Voice of America, 12 December 2000 -- Four Indian soldiers, including an army major, have been killed in two separate attacks in Indian Kashmir.
- Pakistan - India, Voice of America, 06 December 2000 -- Pakistan's military leader General Pervez Musharraf is urging Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee to respond to his country's
offer of tripartite (three party) talks on the Kashmir dispute.
- India-Kashmir-Attack, Voice of America, 05 December 2000 -- India has ruled out resumption of talks with Pakistan until Islamabad halts what New Delhi calls cross border terrorism in the northern Jammu and Kashmir state.
- State Department Noon Briefing - Kashmir Talks, U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesman, 04 December 2000 -- Q: Staying in South Asia, the Pakistani reportedly have made an offer in Kashmir to support that the Kashmiri - all parties agree at conference should hold independent talks with India without Pakistan, and that they have dropped their demand, apparently, that they should be included; it should only be three-party talks, which appears to be kind of a major step.
- India-Kashmir-U-S, Voice of America, 30 November 2000 -- A senior U-S official visiting India is calling for Pakistan and separatist militant groups in Indian Kashmir to respect India's unilateral cease-fire declaration in Kashmir.
- India / Kashmir, Voice of America, 29 November 2000 -- Indian officials say two bloody attacks by separatist militants in Jammu and Kashmir State will not cause India to abandon its unilateral cease-fire in Kashmir.
- India-Kashmir, Voice of America, 28 November 2000 -- At least 12-people were killed in Indian Kashmir just hours after a government-sponsored ceasefire took effect.
- Kashmir Ceasefire, Voice of America, 27 November 2000 -- Residents of India's strife-torn Jammu and Kashmir State are waiting to see if a cease-fire declared last week by India's prime minister will result in less violence in their daily lives.
- India Nukes, Voice of America, 30 October 2000 -- A top government scientist in India says his country has the capability to build nuclear weapons with yields of up to 200-kilotons.
- India-Pakistan, Voice of America, 28 October 2000 -- India says at least 10 Pakistani soldiers have been killed and several others injured in a clash, started by Pakistan, along the disputed Kashmir border.
- INDIA/RUSSIA, Voice of America, 05 October 2000 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has concluded a three-day official visit to India with a call for boosting business ties, and a commitment to expand nuclear energy cooperation.
- U.S.-INDIA RELATIONS, Voice of America, 03 October 2000 - A conversation on U.S.-India relations with Karl Inderfurth, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs.
- CLINTON - INDIA, Voice of America, 16 September 2000 -- President Clinton welcomed Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to the White House Friday in a visit that underscored the warming of relations between the two countries.
- INDIA - VAJPAYEE REACT, Voice of America, 15 September 2000 -- The visit of India's Prime Minister to the United States is being well received back home.
- CLINTON-INDIA, Voice of America, 15 September 2000 -- President Clinton and Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee have held talks at the White House focusing on South Asian security issues, including Kashmir and the nuclear arms competition between India and Pakistan.
- Press Briefing By Bruce Riedel And Rick Inderfurth, The White House, Office of the Secretary, 15 September 2000 -- Briefing on the talks between President Clinton and Prime Minister Vajpayee of India, which covered issues including Kashmir, nuclear proliferation, the CTBT, and other South Asian security matters.
- U.S./India Joint Statement, The White House, Office of the Secretary, 15 September 2000 -- Prime Minister Vajpayee and President Clinton today reaffirmed the vision they outlined in March in New Delhi of a closer and qualitatively new relationship between India and the United States in the 21st century.
- INDIA / U-S, Voice of America, 14 September 2000 -- India's Prime Minister begins a much- anticipated state visit to the United States today (Thursday) with an address to a joint meeting of Congress.
- CONGRESS-INDIA, Voice of America, 14 September 2000 -- India's Prime Minister says his country's decision to test nuclear weapons cast a shadow over relations with the United States.
- CLINTON-INDIA ONITER, Voice of America, 14 September 2000 -- President Clinton holds talks today (Friday) with visiting Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in a meeting both sides say will be another building block in an improving bilateral relationship.
- Defense Department Regular Briefing, U.S. Department of Defense, 14 September 2000 -- Q: The Indian prime minister is in town, and he's talking, apparently, with a bunch of different folks about the Phalcon radar that India would like to buy from Israel.
- Remarks By Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright At Press Availability, U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesman, 14 September 2000 -- Q: Madame Secretary, in Washington the Indian Prime Minister in a speech to Congress asked for understanding for India's nuclear program, saying that India didn't want to upset nonproliferation goals but it has to work its security problems out.
- Press Briefing By Joe Lockhart, The White House, Office of the Secretary, 14 September 2000 -- Q: Joe, can you talk in detail about tomorrow's Prime Minister of India's visit to the White House? What is on the agenda really?
- State Visit of Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, State Department Foreign Press Center Background Briefing, 14 September 2000
- Press Conference By President Of Pakistan, UN Press Briefing, 07 September 2000 -- The Kashmir question must be resolved for there to be peace in South Asia, Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf said at a Headquarters press conference this afternoon. He said the issue -- a conflict between India and Pakistan -- had been "denied resolution since 1948".
- INDIA/UNITED STATES VISIT, Voice of America, 06 September 2000 -- Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee is preparing for a trip that is expected to consolidate political ties with the United States.
- PAKISTAN/INDIA/KASHMIR, Voice of America, 31 August 2000 -- Pakistan is urging India to de-escalate tensions in the disputed region of Kashmir.
- PAKISTAN/INDIA, Voice of America, 26 August 2000 -- Pakistan has ordered an Indian embassy official to leave the country. The expulsion comes two days after India ordered a staff member of Pakistan's embassy in New Delhi to leave.
- INDIA/JAPAN, Voice of America, 23 August 2000 -- India and Japan have decided to hold a security
dialogue that will include issues such as nuclear
disarmament and defense cooperation.
/ KASHMIR, Voice of America, 20 August 2000 -- India says separatist
militants have killed four Hindu villagers, and wounded two others in Indian
- JAPAN - SOUTH ASIA, Voice of America, 19 August 2000 -- Japanese businessmen have
been urging their government to lift sanctions against
India and Pakistan.
- KASHMIR, Voice of America, 18 August 2000 -- India says separatist
militants have killed six Hindu civilians in Indian-administered Kashmir.
Aborted Cease-Fire Provides Fodder For Indo-Pak Media War , U.S. Department
of State Foreign Media Reaction Reports, 18 August 2000 -- Commentary from
around the world on the recent increase in violence in Kashmir.
human rights expert urges India and Pakistan to investigate Kashmir violence,
UN News, 18 August 2000
CUSTODIAL KILLINGS, Voice of America, 18 August 2000 -- Over the past
decade, an estimated 30-thousand people have died as a result of the separatist
insurgency in India's state of Jammu and Kashmir, among which have been
many innocent victims killed by both Indian security forces and militant
FRUSTRATION, Voice of America, 16 August 2000 -- Tensions are
at the breaking point in Indian- administered Kashmir.
- KASHMIR ATTACK, Voice of America, 13 August 2000 -- A landmine explosion has killed at least five soldiers and injured more than 30 others in Indian- administered Kashmir.
- INDIA/KASHMIR, Voice of America, 04 August 2000 -- India's prime minister is calling on all militant groups in Indian Kashmir to hold talks with the government.
- Kashmiri Refugees tell Indian journalists they want freedom from India, Associated Press of Pakistan, 04 August 2000 -- Refugees at a shelter here Monday told a team of visiting Indian journalists that they want nothing but freedom from India and it should leave held-Kashmir as soon as possible.
- Musharraf offers talks on Kashmir, no-war pact, Associated Press of Pakistan, 03 August 2000 -- Chief Executive General Pervez Musharraf Wednesday offered India to resume dialogue to resolve long-running Kashmir dispute and to make a no-war pact with Pakistan
- Musharraf condemns recent massacre in held Kashmir, denies Pakistan's involvement, Associated Press of Pakistan, 03 August 2000 -- Chief Executive General Pervez Musharraf Wednesday denied Indian government's allegations that Pakistan was behind the recent spate of violence in held Kashmir that has left more than 90 people killed.
- Pak condemns Indian forces' attack on civilian population: FO spokesman, Associated Press of Pakistan, 03 August 2000 -- Pakistan has condemned the reported loss of many civilian lives in an attack on August one near Pahalgam in Indian Held Kashmir.
- Pakistan rejects allegation of killing of civilians in IHK, Associated Press of Pakistan, 03 August 2000 -- Pakistan Wednesday said that the initial reports do not rule out the possibility of killings of many civilian lives resulting from firing by the Indian forces.
- APHC condemns India for recent wave of violence in IHK, Associated Press of Pakistan, 03 August 2000 -- The Convenor of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), Azad Kashmir Chapter, Syed Yousaf Naseem has condemned India for recent wave of violence and killings in Indian Occupied Kashmir.
- CE's leadership on handling Kashmir issue appreciated: Imtiaz Alam, Associated Press of Pakistan, 03 August 2000 -- Chief Executive General Pervez Musharraf has reinforced his credibility on the question of Kashmir and he has succeeded in building up his image as a leader who is very radical and firm on the question of Kashmir.
- KASHMIR KILLINGS, Voice of America, 03 August 2000 -- A senior team of Indian officials has been sent to Indian Kashmir to assess the security situation following the killing of more than 100 people by separatist militants.
- INDIA / KASHMIR, Voice of America, 03 August 2000 -- Indian negotiators in Kashmir have ended a first round of talks with representatives of a leading separatist militant group that declared a cease-fire last week.
- Pakistan committed to good ties with India based on dignity: Jabbar, Associated Press of Pakistan, 02 August 2000 -- Reaffirming Pakistan's principled position on Kashmir issue, Information Minister Javed Jabbar Tuesday said the present Government was committed to building "policy of friendship and peace with dignity and honour with India."
- PAKISTAN-KASHMIR, Voice of America, 02 August 2000 -- Muslim militant groups are denying involvement in the killing of more than 90 people, mostly Hindu civilians, in Indian Kashmir.
- Secretary-General deplores overnight massacres in Kashmir, UN News, 02 August 2000 -- Reacting to a series of overnight massacres in Kashmir, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today expressed his great dismay and concern over the incidents and urged an end to all terrorist acts.
- KASHMIR KILLINGS, Voice of America, 02 August 2000 -- More than 80-people have been killed as terrorists opposed to a cease-fire in Kashmir have attacked villages across the Indian state, Jammu and Kashmir.
- U-S / KASHMIR, Voice of America, 02 August 2000 -- President Clinton has telephoned Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to express personal condolences after the deadly extremist attacks on Hindus in Indian Kashmir.
- KASHMIR ATTACK, Voice of America, 01 August 2000 -- More than 20 people have been killed and at least 30 others wounded after Islamic militants attacked a site where Hindu pilgrims had gathered in Indian-administered Kashmir.
- INDIA - KASHMIR, Voice of America, 31 July 2000 -- Separatist militants in Indian-administered Kashmir have attacked an Army camp, killing six soldiers and wounding seven others.
- Kashmiris are best judge to carry forward their struggle: FO Spokesman, Associated Press of Pakistan, 27 July 2000 -- Reaffirming Pakistan's full support to the Kashmir struggle, the Foreign Office Spokesman Wednesday said Islamabad has no control over the Kashmiri freedom fighters and they are the best judge on how to carry forward their movement under certain circumstances.
- INDIA / KASHMIR, Voice of America, 26 July 2000 -- One year ago, India concluded a military operation in Kashmir to evict hundreds of Pakistani- backed Muslim infiltrators from snow-capped peaks in the Himalayan mountains.
- INDIA/KASHMIR, Voice of America, 25 July 2000 -- India has cautiously welcomed a ceasefire offer by a prominent, pro-Pakistan militant group in the northern, insurgency-wracked Kashmir valley.
- INDIA/CHINA, Voice of America, 21 July 2000 -- China's foreign minister arrives in India late Friday [today] for an official visit.
- India's Moon Mission May Not Happen, Space.com, 17 July 2000 -- Despite the media hype of the past few weeks surrounding India's planned moon mission, the head of the country's space agency says that a trip to the crater-ridden sphere may not happen at all.
- INDIA/ISRAEL, Voice of America, 03 July 2000 -- The first visit to Israel by India's Foreign Minster is highlighting the growing political and defense ties between the two countries.
- PAKISTAN/INDIA/KASHMIR, Voice of America, 19 June 2000 -- Pakistan is rejecting Indian allegations that thousands of Muslim militants are preparing to cross into Indian-controlled Kashmir from Pakistani territory.
- INDIA/KASHMIR Voice of America 04 July 2000 -- In India, the federal government has rejected a proposal to grant greater autonomy to the troubled state of Jammu and Kashmir.
- Text: Inderfurth Remarks on U.S.-India Relations 01 July 2000 -- Deputy Secretary of State Talbott is continuing his dialogue with Minister Singh, which both sides agree is probably the most sustained, serious and intensive interaction in the history of our bilateral ties.
- INDIA-KASHMIR Voice of America 01 July 2000 -- Hundreds of Indian soldiers are now posted in these
remote mountains year-round to guard the country's
- INDIA / UNITED STATES Voice of America 23 June 2000 -- The United States Ambassador to India says he
is encouraged by the prospect of talks in Kashmir between separatists and the Indian government.
- The NBC Bombshell by Anil Narendra, The Pioneer [New Delhi] 23 June 2000 -- India has no nuclear capable missiles and fewer aircraft to deliver nuclear payloads than Pakistan.
- INDIAN BOMB BLASTS Voice of America 19 June 2000 -- In India, a double bomb explosion has killed a
young girl and a man in New Delhi and injured 11 other people.
- INDIA / KASHMIR Voice of America 18 June 2000 -- A senior Indian Army general says more than two thousand Kashmir separatists are ready to cross into Indian-administered Kashmir from Pakistani territory.
- India test-fires missile
Dawn 18 June 2000 : India on Friday successfully test fired its short-range surface-to-surface Prithvi missile off the eastern coast of Orissa, a defence ministry official said.
- INDIA / KASHMIR Voice of America 18 June 2000 -- A senior Indian Army general says more than two
thousand Kashmir separatists are ready to cross into
Indian-administered Kashmir from Pakistani territory.
- INDIA / MASSACRE Voice of America 17 June 2000 -- In India's eastern state of Bihar, 34 people
have been massacred in caste-related violence.
- Pakistan's Nuclear Arsenal Underestimated, Reports Say Ben Barber (Washington Times June 9, 2000 - India, which was previously reported to have from 20 to 100 nuclear bombs, or the fissile material ready to make those bombs, may have as few as five completed bombs.
- Pakistan nukes outstrip India’s, officials say By Robert Windrem and Tammy Kupperman -- MSNBC.com NBC NEWS 06 June 2000 -- Until recently, for instance, Pakistan was considered to have somewhere between 10 and 15 nuclear weapons and India between 25 and 100. But after two years of intelligence gathering, officials now believe those figures overstate the capabilities of India’s home-grown arsenal and understate those of Pakistan, whose program has relied on generous Chinese assistance. One official said the Pakistanis “are more likely to have those numbers [25 to 100 weapons] than the Indians.” Perhaps most important, the official said, is that Pakistan appears far more capable than India of delivering nuclear payloads.
- Transcript: Pickering Press Conference in New Delhi on S. Asia Visit 26 May 2000 -- Thomas R. Pickering, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, briefed reporters in New Delhi May 25 on his visit to South Asia. He characterized his conversations that day with officials in New Delhi as "very full and very friendly."
- INDIA/KASHMIR Voice of America 15 May 2000 -- In Indian Kashmir, suspected Muslim militants have killed a state government minister, and at least
four other people.
- INDIA / BILLIONTH BABY Voice of America 11 May 2000 -- India's billionth baby has been born in a hospital in New Delhi.
- Suo Motu Statement in Parliament by the Minister of External Affairs
, on the NPT Review Conference May 10, 2000 - One of the basic obligations of nuclear weapons states under the NPT was to prevent further proliferation. The record on this has also not been satisfactory. The nuclear-weapon-states have either been active collaborators in or silent spectators to continuing proliferation, including exports of nuclear weapon related components and technologies.
- U.S. Hopeful for New Relationship with India, Berger Says By Judy Aita Washington File 03 May 2000 -- President Clinton's recent visit to India gave hope that the United States and India can develop a new relationship based on mutual respect and partnership, according to Samuel Berger, assistant to the president for national security affairs.
- Global Security: an Indian Perspective - A Presentation At National Defence Institute, Lisbon by MR. BRAJESH MISHRA - April 13, 2000 -- The traditional security challenges of resolving outstanding issues with Pakistan and China remain a major preoccupation. India is fully conscious of the importance of keeping the probability of an armed conflict low, by maintaining an adequate level of defence preparedness and negotiating and implementing appropriate confidence and security building measures.
- KASHMIR SHOOTING Voice of America 03 April 2000 -- Police opened fire on demonstrators in Indian Kashmir on Monday, killing 10 people.
- INDIA/KASHMIR Voice of America 31 March 2000 -- In India, a general strike called by the minority Sikh community paralyzed the Kashmir valley Friday where 35 Sikh villagers were massacred by suspected separatist Muslim militants 10 days ago.
- CLINTON TO SOUTH ASIA: ASSESSING PRESIDENT'S 'STAR-SPANGLED MANNER' Issue Focus - Foreign Media Reaction 30 March 2000 -- Distinct fault lines characterized media reaction on President Clinton's recently concluded trip to the Indian subcontinent, with writers in India weighing in with highly positive assessments of the president's sojourn there and many in Pakistan wondering how "Pakistan's interests" had been "served" by the visit.
- PRESIDENT CLINTON'S INDIA-PAKISTAN TRIP Voice of America 29 March 2000 -- Neither country agreed to abandon its nuclear deterrent, and Pakistani military leaders failed to guarantee any quick return to democracy following last year's military coup.
- KASHMIR, POST-CLINTON Voice of America 28 March 2000 -- Now that Mr. Clinton has returned to Washington -- many on the Indian side of the Kashmir border say there is little evidence the region is any less dangerous following the visit.
- ASSESSING THE CLINTON TRIP Voice of America 27 March 2000 -- The fact that Mr.Clinton does not have much in the way of a concrete achievement to show for his visit to Bangladesh, India and Pakistan did not prevent many papers from saying that they are glad that he went.
- KASHMIR KILLINGS -- CONTROVERSY
Voice of America 27 March 2000 -- India's government is blaming the murders on separatist militants and says it has killed at least five of the men who carried out the massacre -- but so far India has yet to present hard evidence backing up its claims.
- CLINTON-INDIA-PAKISTAN Voice of America 26 March 2000 -- Five-days in India, five-hours in Pakistan, a very conciliatory tone in India and a pretty harsh tone with Pakistan, which means it will fuel the kinds of hostilities that you see creating the problems that we have in that region.
- INDIA - CLINTON - REACT Voice of America 26 March 2000 -- New Delhi appears to be pleased with what is sees as a strong message to Islamabad on Kashmir, terrorism and its nuclear program by the United States.
- Indian Professor Calls India/Pakistan Confrontation Dangerous By Jim Fisher-Thompson
Washington File 24 March 2000 -- International relations expert Sumit Ganguly told Congress March 23 that contrary to Indian government pronouncements downplaying the danger of the Indo/Pakistani Kashmir crisis, the confrontation could escalate a smoldering ground conflict over disputed territory into nuclear war since both nations now have nuclear weapons and are developing delivery systems.
- PRESIDENT CLINTON IN SOUTH ASIA
Voice of America 24 March 2000 -- There is generally little expectation in the global press that India and Pakistan will heed Mr.
Clinton's call for dialogue in their dispute over Kashmir. And his urging both nations to sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty on nuclear weapons also appears, to the world press, to be falling on deaf ears, in part because the U-S Senate also has rejected the pact.
- PRESS BACKGROUND BRIEFING BY SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL March 24, 2000 -- We think that for Pakistan to have a hopeful future it needs to be a pathway back to democracy; there needs to be an end to the violence and a renewed dialogue over Kashmir with India. And there needs to be, in our judgment, the same set of decisions that the President urged the Indians to consider, and that is to de-escalate their nuclear program, rather than escalate it.
- CLINTON IN INDIA Voice of America 23 March 2000 -- The president has been appealing for calm in
the region, telling the Indian parliament and top government officials that the dispute with Pakistan over Kashmir threatens the whole world - and not just South Asia - with nuclear war.
- CLINTON TO SOUTH ASIA: 'MOOD OF MUTUAL COURTSHIP' DOMINATES INDIA LEG; VISIT PERCEIVED AS 'STRATEGIC SHIFT' TOWARD SUBCONTINENT Issue Focus - Foreign Media Reaction 23 March 2000 -- As initial assessments of President Clinton's "landmark" visit to the Indian subcontinent began to pour in from all corners of the globe, commentators determined that his stop in New Delhi had taken an extremely positive turn following the president's address to a joint session of the Indian Parliament yesterday.
- INDIA / KASHMIR Voice of America 22 March 2000 -- A second consecutive day of violence in Kashmir
has left at least two people dead. After a 19-hour siege, border security force personnel regained control of one of their outposts in Srinigar.
- INDIA/CLINTON/REACT Voice of America 22 March 2000 -- President Clinton's address to the Indian
Parliament has been received with enthusiasm by most legislators in the Indian capital.
- CLINTON / INDIAN PARLIAMENT Voice of America 22 March 2000 -- President Clinton addressed both houses of the Indian parliament Wednesday -- calling on India to join nuclear non-proliferation efforts.
- Text: Clinton Interview with ABC World News in New Delhi 22 March 2000 -- President Clinton said "We think countries like Brazil, Argentina, South Africa, South Korea, that walked away from the prospect of nuclear programs, are more secure and have more funds to support their own national security and the development of their people and their economy. And we believe that it sends a bad signal when a great democracy like India, in effect, is telling the world that we ought to get into another arms race."
- U.S.-India Relations: A Vision for the 21st Century JOINT U.S.-INDIA STATEMENT March 21, 2000 -- India and the United States share a commitment to reducing and ultimately eliminating nuclear weapons, but we have not always agreed on how to reach this common goal. The United States believes India should forgo nuclear weapons. India believes that it needs to maintain a credible minimum nuclear deterrent in keeping with its own assessment of its security needs. We are committed to build confidence and reduce the chances of miscalculation.
- PRESS BRIEFING BY SECRETARY OF STATE MADELEINE ALBRIGHT March 21, 2000 -- Instability and conflict in South Asia and the spread of weapons of mass destruction are increasingly causes of global concern. The President has not been asked to mediate the dispute between India and Pakistan. He didn't come here to do that. But he is urging both sides to exercise restraint, and calling for the renewal of a dialogue.
- CLINTON-INDIA TALKS Voice of America 21 March 2000 -- President Clinton and Indian Prime Minister
Atal Bihari Vajpayee have held talks in New Delhi, in a meeting overshadowed to some extent by an attack on Sikh villagers in Indian Kashmir hours earlier.
- INDIA / KASHMIR Voice of America 21 March 2000 -- A senior Indian official says two separatist
militant groups, Lakshar-e-Toiba and Hizbul Mujhadeen, were behind the killing of 40 Sikh villagers late Monday in Kashmir.
- KASHMIR / KILLINGS Voice of America 21 March 2000 -- In one of the worst attacks on civilians in
years, gunmen entered village, Chati Singhpura Mattan, late Monday -- telling villagers they were conducting a crackdown on separatist militants active in the area. The unidentified gunmen then rounded up the
villagers, separated the men from women and opened fire at point-blank range on the men.
- Text: President Clinton Waives Sanctions on India 20 March 2000 -- President Clinton March 16 waived sanctions with respect to India, "insofar as such sanctions would otherwise apply to assistance to the South Asia Regional Initiative/Energy; the Presidential Initiative on Internet for Economic Development; the Financial Institution Reform and Expansion program; and the United States Educational Foundation in India Environmental Exchange."
- CLINTON / INDIA Voice of America 20 March 2000 -- Clinton is not expected to spend much time on diplomatic details during his visit to India -- preferring instead to define broad areas where the two countries can cooperate.
- Neighbors With Nukes By Lally Weymouth Newsweek, March 20, 2000 -- Q Are you worried about the threat of a nuclear war over Kashmir? India's prime minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, "No. There is no possibility. I completely rule out a nuclear war."
- CLINTON-SOUTH ASIA Voice of America 19 March 2000 -- The President said before leaving Washington that he will try to reduce tensions over Kashmir. But Clinton National Security Adviser Sandy Berger says he will not attempt to mediate the dispute because of Indian objections.
- INDIA - CLINTON Voice of America 18 March 2000 -- President Clinton arrives in India Sunday, and
begins his official five-day trip to India on Tuesday following a one day visit to Bangladesh.
- New Partnership with India to Be Focus of Clinton South Asia Trip By Wendy S. Ross Washington File 16 March 2000 -- "The most important dimension" of President Clinton's March 18-26 trip to South Asia "is to try to establish a new
partnership with India," says President Clinton's National Security
Advisor Sandy Berger.
- CLINTON TO INDIAN SUBCONTINENT: SIGNS OF A 'GEOPOLITICAL SHIFT'? Issue Focus - Foreign Media Reaction 16 March 2000 -- South Asia watchers determined that the "geopolitical and economic significance" of the president's visit was "undeniable," given the clues it would offer as to how the U.S. views India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Most observers held that the "five hours" Mr. Clinton would spend in Islamabad vs. his "five-day" sojourn in India should be enough to convince Indian Prime Minister Vajpayee of Washington's priorities.
- CLINTON-SOUTH ASIA Voice of America 16 March 2000 -- India and Pakistan have zero interaction at the government level, and at any level. And this is unheard of in the recent histories of countries with antagonisms like that.
- PRESS BRIEFING BY NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR SANDY BERGER, DEPUTY NATIONAL ECONOMIC ADVISOR LAEL BRAINARD, AND ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE FOR SOUTH ASIAN AFFAIRS RICK INDERFURTH March 16, 2000 -- Only India and Pakistan, ultimately sovereign nations, can decide on their security. But our view is they are not more secure with nuclear weapons than they would be without them. And our ultimate goal would be to persuade them to give up their nuclear programs. Neither side has deployed nuclear weapons, and I think that's an important step not taken. There are obviously further steps that could be taken that would de-escalate the level of tension and put these weapons farther out of reach, so to speak, which we would like to see. We would like to see progress in the four areas I've talked about -- adherence to CTBT, strong export controls, agreement to negotiate with others, a fissile material cutoff, and restraint in its nuclear program.
- PRESS BRIEFING BY AMBASSADOR SHIRIN TAHIR-KHELI AND AMBASSADOR FRANK WISNER ON PRESIDENT'S TRIP TO INDIA, BANGLADESH AND PAKISTAN March 14, 2000 -- Defense expenditures are of course high in the subcontinent as such. India has just raised its defense expenditure by 28 percent. Pakistan has, along with debt servicing, about 40 percent of the budget goes to these two items and has continued to do so.
- Text: Albright Remarks to Asia Society on President's S. Asia Trip 14 March 2000 -- Albright said the United States continues to seek universal adherence to the NPT (Non-proliferation Treaty). "We believe the South Asian nuclear tests of May 1998 were an historic mistake. And UN Security Council Resolution 1172 makes it plain that the international community agrees with us.... So we will continue to discuss how to pursue security requirements without contributing to a costly and destabilizing nuclear and missile arms race."
- President Clinton's Trip to South Asia Can Advance Mutual Trust By William B. Reinckens Washington File 14 March 2000 -- President Clinton's trip to India, Bangladesh and
Pakistan March 19-25 "provides a rich opportunity to promote American
interests in an area where a fifth of the world's people live, security risks are high, economic opportunities abound, and there is a potential for wide-ranging cooperation on global issues," Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said.
- Wisner Stresses Importance of Clinton South Asia Trip By Wendy S. Ross Washington File 14 March 2000 -- President Clinton's March 19-25 visit to Bangladesh, India and Pakistan "is a terrific opportunity" for the United States "to root itself in the region, to get some traction on the issues," former U.S. Ambassador to India, Frank G. Wisner, told reporters at a March 14 White House briefing on the upcoming trip.
- U-S / INDIA / PAKISTAN Voice of America 14 March 2000 -- Secretary of State Albright says the United
States regards the 1998 nuclear tests by India and Pakistan as an historic mistake.
- CLINTON SOUTH ASIA Voice of America 13 March 2000 -- Indian foreign minister Jaswant Singh and Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott have held at least 10-rounds of talks, but
without much progress on the non-proliferation issue.
- Text: Inderfurth Outlines President's Goals for South Asian Visit 09 March 2000 -- One of the areas on which the U.S. and India differ relates to non-proliferation, Inderfurth noted. "We want to narrow the differences where we can and address areas of disagreement in a candid and constructive manner."
- INDIA / CLINTON Voice of America 06 March 2000 -- Indian officials, in their comments on President
Clinton's visit, have also expressed the hope that Kashmir and nuclear non-proliferation will not dominate the visit.
- INDIA - KASHMIR Voice of America 27 February 2000 -- India says Pakistani troops have attacked an
Indian border post in Kashmir. Indian authorities say six soldiers have been killed in the attack, and two are missing.
- `From Surprise To Reckoning' - The Kargil Committee report 25 February 2000 -- [The Subrahmanyam committee, probing the events that led to the Kargil conflict, including any possible intelligence failure, 228-page report tabled in the Lok Sabha ] The Review Committee had before it overwhelming evidence that the Pakistani armed intrusion in the Kargil sector came as a complete and total surprise to the Indian Government, Army and intelligence agencies as well as to the J&K. State Government and its agencies. India's inability to exercise its conventional superiority could have confirmed Pakistan in its belief that its nuclear deterrent had indeed been effective in Kashmir since 1990 and it could therefore pursue the proxy war and the Kargil adventure with impunity. Despite its best efforts, Pakistan was unable to link its Kargil caper with a nuclear flashpoint, though some foreign observers believe it was a near thing.
- INDIA - KASHMIR - U-S Voice of America 13 February 2000 -- Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee
says his government will not put up with any interference in its internal
affairs. Political analysts in New Delhi are linking the Prime Minister's comments to President Clinton's upcoming visit to India.
- INDIA - HIGH TECH Voice of America 11 February 2000 -- In India, preparations are underway for
President Clinton's visit next month. (March 20 to 25th). President Clinton is also expected to stopover at one of the two high-technology cities in southern India - Hyderabad or Bangalore.
- CLINTON INDIA VISIT Voice of America 11 February 2000 -- India's relations with the United States have warmed up considerably since Washington's insistence last year that Pakistan
withdraw Islamic militants from Indian Kashmir.
- INDIA/KASHMIR Voice of America 05 February 2000 -- Indian authorities say three Kashmiri Hindus were killed when Muslim militants attacked a village in Kashmir. The head of Indian Kashmir, Farooq Abdullah, now warns of what he calls a "limited war" with Pakistan.
- CLINTON-INDIA-PAKISTAN Voice of America 01 February 2000 -- The White House has announced that President Clinton will make a long-delayed trip to South Asia the week of March 20th. He will stop in India and make an unprecedented visit to Bangladesh.
- Text: Clinton Will Visit India, Bangladesh Week of March 20, 2000 USIA 1 February 2000 -- President Clinton will be travelling to South Asia during the week of March 20, 2000. He will visit India and Bangladesh.
- INDIA - CONSTITUTION Voice of America 30 January 2000 -- India's opposition Congress Party leader,
Sonia Gandhi, was detained briefly (Sunday) while
leading a march to protest a planned constitutional
review by the Hindu-nationalist-led government.
- KASHMIR PANDITS Voice of America 28 January 2000 -- For ten years, the Kashmir Valley in northern India has been wracked by violence. At least 20 thousand people have died since militant separatists began their violent campaign, ten years ago.
- INDIA / REPUBLIC DAY Voice of America 26 January 2000 -- Amid parades and tight security, Indians
Wednesday marked the 50th anniversary of the adoption
of their constitution.
- INDIA / REPUBLIC DAY Voice of America 25 January 2000 -- The Indian government has placed tens of
thousands of security personnel on high alert on the
eve of Republic Day observances.
- INDIA / KASHMIR Voice of America 22 January 2000 -- Indian and Pakistani troops fought a gun
battle Saturday along the disputed Kashmir border.
Indian authorities say at least six Pakistani and two
Indian soldiers were killed in the exchange of fire.
- INDIA / U-S TALKS Voice of America 20 January 2000 -- Senior Indian and U-S diplomats have wrapped up two days of talks in London with an agreement to form a joint group to combat terrorism. The talks also
focused on nuclear proliferation issues but little progress was reported.
- INDIA / U-S Voice of America 18 January 2000 -- U-S Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers,
visiting India, discussed economic cooperation issues
with senior Indian leaders saying President Clinton
will do the same during a planned visit to New Delhi
in the near future.