DATE=10/13/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=U-N - PAKISTAN (L-ONLY) NUMBER=2-254979 BYLINE=MAX RUSTON DATELINE=UNITED NATIONS CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today (Wednesday) denounced the military coup in Pakistan. More from our U-N correspondent, Max Ruston. TEXT: Mr. Annan is urging Pakistan's military leaders to restore civilian rule to the country as soon as possible. U-N spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva: /// de Almeida e Silva act /// The Secretary-General deplores the military coup in Pakistan. Although the intentions of those who perpetrated it are still unclear, the secretary-general does not believe that coups are the way to solve a country's problem. /// end act /// Mr. Annan, who is traveling in Europe, says he also hopes that the current crisis in Pakistan will not aggravate the already tense situation in the region. That is an apparent reference to the territorial dispute between Pakistan and India and the two countries' recent nuclear tests. U-N officials say they consider South Asia to be one of the most potentially volatile regions of the world. They say they are eager to establish a system for dialogue and negotiation between India and Pakistan in order to reduce the threat of an armed conflict. Pakistan's ousted prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, has been a supporter of outside intervention in his country's dispute with India. India has generally rejected such calls. The United Nations secretary- general has said he is willing to assist in any way that might help ease tensions in the region. (Signed) NEB/UN/MPR/LSF/JP 13-Oct-1999 14:44 PM EDT (13-Oct-1999 1844 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .