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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Assistant Secretary/Spokesman
Taken Question  0f November 9, 1993

1.  INDIA: U.S. POLICY ON KASHMIR

Q: Can you comment on remarks made by a State Department official in 
Islamabad yesterday regarding the situation in Kashmir?

A:  U.S. POLICY TOWARD KASHMIR REMAINS UNCHANGED.  AS WE HAVE NOTED 
CONSISTENTLY SINCE 1947, THE U.S. BELIEVES THE ENTIRE GEOGRAPHIC AREA OF 
THE FORMER PRINCELY STATE OF JAMMU AND KASHMIR IS DISPUTED TERRITORY.

THE U.S. BELIEVES THE BEST WAY TO RESOLVE THE DISPUTE OVER KASHMIR IS 
THROUGH DIRECT DISCUSSIONS BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENTS OF INDIA AND PAKISTAN 
AS ENVISAGED IN THE SIMLA AGREEMENT, TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THE WISHES OF 
THE KASHMIRI PEOPLE.


2.  OIG REPORT ON WHITE HOUSE LIAISON OFFICE

Q: Did the IG inform the Secretary of State when he was sending his 
report to the Justice Department?

A:  LAST WEEK, AS THE IG NEARED COMPLETION OF HIS INQUIRY, HE ADVISED 
THE SECRETARY THAT HE PLANNED TO SEND HIS REPORT TO THE DEPARTMENT OF 
JUSTICE ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8.

Q:  Why was the IG's report so urgent that it had to be sent to Justice 
late last night?

A:  GIVEN THAT THE IG HAD NOTIFIED BOTH THE SECRETARY AND MEMBERS OF 
CONGRESS THAT HE EXPECTED TO SEND HIS FINDINGS TO THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT 
ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8, EVERY EFFORT WAS MADE TO MEET THAT DELIVERY DATE.

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