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DATE=3/26/2000
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
TITLE=CLINTON - PAKISTAN (S-ONLY)
NUMBER=2-260616
BYLINE=DAVID GOLLUST
DATELINE=GENEVA
CONTENT=
VOICED AT:
INTRO:  White House officials are giving a mixed 
assessment of President Clinton's meeting in Islamabad 
Saturday with Pakistani military leader General Pervez 
Musharraf.  VOA'S David Gollust reports from Geneva 
where Mr. Clinton is preparing to meet with Syrian 
President Hafez Al-Assad.
TEXT:  A senior administration official says General 
Musharraf told the president he does not intend to 
hold power for long but would not give a specific date 
for an end to military rule.
Mr. Clinton had pressed for a timetable for a return 
to democracy in both his meeting with the general who 
seized power last October and in a broadcast message 
to the Pakistani people.  
The senior official who spoke to reporters on the 
president's flight to Geneva said General Musharraf 
was candid and unpretentious in the hour and a half 
meeting and while he did not elaborate, he said the 
military leader accepted a lot of the goals Mr. 
Clinton set forth.
The official said General Musharraf acknowledged that 
Osama Bin Laden, the Afghan based Muslim extremist 
blamed for anti-U-S terrorist acts, is a serious 
problem and that he would make significant efforts to 
bring him to justice.  But he said it is disturbing 
that General Musharraf has twice postponed a promised 
trip to Afghanistan to take up the issue of Bin Laden 
directly with Afghanistan's Taleban leadership.  
(Signed)
NEB/DAG/PLM
26-Mar-2000 06:14 AM EDT (26-Mar-2000 1114 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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