NEW DELHI- Following is a statement issued by the Indian government in response to an agreement between the United States and Pakistan on Kashmir.
"We have seen the U.S.-Pakistan joint statement issued in Washington yesterday. Our U.S. interlocutors have informed us that 'concrete steps' referred to in the statement mean withdrawal by Pakistan of their forces from our side of the Line of Control in the Kargil sector.
We have also noted the sequencing of steps agreed to in the statement, that only after withdrawal is completed will other contemplated steps be initiated. We hope Pakistan will heed this call immediately. We will be watching developments on the ground.
We reaffirm that Pakistan's armed intrusion and aggression has to be vacated. Our military aggression in the Kargil sector, which has been initiated for this purpose, is making steady progress.
It will continue with full force until the aggressors are cleared out, and the status quo ante on the Line of Control fully restored.
One word about the Lahore process. It is direct and bilateral. In this process, there is no place whatsoever for any third party involvement. The same is true for any other aspect of India-Pakistan relations."
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