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US DEPARTMENT OF STATE
OFFICE OF THE SPOKESMAN
TAKEN QUESTIONS OF OCTOBER 29, 1993

INDIA:  US EMBASSY VISIT TO ABDUL GHANI LONE

Q:  What was the basis of the request from the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi 
to visit Abdul Ghani Lone after this arrest?  What is his state of 
health?

A:  MR. LONE IS A PROMINENT KASHMIRI POLITICIAN.  FOLLOWING THE 
DEMONSTRATIONS IN SRINAGAR LAST FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, WE RECEIVED A NUMBER 
OF INQUIRIES AND EXPRESSIONS OF CONCERN FROM THE PUBLIC AND THE U.S. 
CONGRESS ABOUT MR. LONE’S HEALTH.

WE DECIDED IT WOULD BE USEFUL TO VISIT MR. LONE IN HIS HOSPITAL ROOM 
BECAUSE REPORTS ON THE STATE OF HIS HEALTH VARIED CONSIDERABLY.

HIS CONDITION WAS FAIR WHEN AN EMBASSY OFFICER VISITED HIM OCTOBER 21.


Q:  In meetings a few months ago with U.S. officials, he expressed 
concern about his safety.  Does the U.S. Government do anything to 
insure the safety of individual Kashmiris?

A:  WE LOOK TO THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT EVERYONE IN KASHMIR.

FOR OUR PART, WE HAVE EXPRESSED CONCERN ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN 
KASHMIR BY ALL PARTIES, AND ALSO ABOUT THE TREATMENT OF INDIVIDUALS, AS 
OUR VISIT TO MR. LONE DEMONSTRATES.

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