- The Washington Times - Monday, July 1, 2002

Pakistanis deported
More than 130 Pakistanis held on visa violations and other charges have been deported to Pakistan under an agreement between the U.S. government and the Pakistani Embassy.
The Pakistanis, detained during widespread arrests after September 11, departed last week aboard a Pakistani airliner chartered by the United States, the embassy said.
Of the 132 sent home, 110 were convicted of immigration violations and 22 were convicted of credit card fraud, possession of narcotics, robbery or assault, the embassy said. None was linked to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
The policy for the repatriation of the detainees was worked out between the embassy and the Immigration and Naturalization Service after Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf discussed their detention with President Bush in November at the United Nations.
"This policy ensures that Pakistani nationals are treated fairly and that those in detention for visa violations are expatriated quickly," the embassy said in a statement.
"The charter flight arrangement was undertaken by the Pakistani and U.S. governments to facilitate an early and dignified repatriation of detainees to Pakistan."
The deportation on Wednesday was the latest repatriation since the process began in November. Altogether, 450 Pakistanis have been deported under the arrangement.

White-hot tension cools
The United States was ready for war to erupt between India and Pakistan but was relieved when the "white-hot" tension had cooled, said Robert Blackwill, the U.S. ambassador to India.
"We did believe there was a possibility, which was not small, that in the middle of June, there could be war," he told India's Star News Television on Friday.
"So I think the situation remains dangerous, but I believe it is not at the white-hot level of crisis I think it was a few weeks ago."
India and Pakistan massed 1 million troops along their border as war fever grew between the South Asian nuclear rivals after a December attack on the Indian Parliament that India blamed on Pakistani terrorists.
U.S. diplomacy helped both countries avoid a wider conflict. It helped elicit a promise from Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf to stop militants from infiltrating the India-controlled sector of Kashmir, and it encouraged India to reopen its airspace to Pakistani commercial flights.
"We believe President Musharraf has committed himself to ending cross-border infiltration permanently," Mr. Blackwill said.
He repeated U.S. offers to help both sides resume a diplomatic dialogue but to refrain from mediating.
"We would like India and Pakistan to get back into a dialogue on the variety of issues they have to discuss, including Kashmir, as soon as possible," he said.
"We are not going to mediate this dispute, [but] if we can be helpful in one way or another and the two sides think we can be helpful, we'll try to be helpful."

New Greek envoy
George Savvaides has arrived in Washington to take over as the Greek ambassador.
Mr. Savvaides, a former secretary-general in the foreign ministry, served as Greece's ambassador to NATO from 1996 to 2000.
The 57-year-old career diplomat served as a consul in Boston after joining the foreign service in 1972. He earned a master's degree from Harvard University's law school.

Diplomatic traffic
Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:
A group of journalists from Thailand and Indonesia including Kavi Chongkittavorn, executive editor of Bangkok-based Nation newspaper; Chavarong Limpattamapanee, secretary-general of the Thai Journalists Association; and Aristides Katoppo, publisher of Indonesia's Sinar Harapan newspaper. They participate in a discussion sponsored by the Burma Project/Southeast Asia Initiative and the Open Society Institute of Washington.
Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Moller, who attends a celebration to mark the arrival of the tall ship Danmark and the beginning of Denmark's presidency of the European Union. He meets Secretary of State Colin L. Powell on Wednesday and addresses the American Enterprise Institute.

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