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Delhi Smiles on Marmugao

Steady Pressure on Weak Links EVER since Tashkent, Soviet policy towards the Indo-Pakistan sub-continent has maintained a steady and stable course. Nothing illustrates the nature of that policy more than Prime Minister Kosygin's decision to stop at New Delhi for over three hours on his way back from Pakistan to Moscow. When he was in India in January he went out of his way in his public utterances to impress upon his Indian audiences the need for good Indo-Pakistan relations. Obviously, he was trying to communicate to Pakistan the message that whatever else the Soviet Union did for India it would not encourage the anti- Pakistan hawks in New Delhi. Similarly, by paying the short visit to New Delhi he has communicated to both India and Pakistan the simple message that whatever it does for Pakistan it will not underwrite or permit any adventure of Rawalpindi to upset the status quo. In brief, the USSR wants to be friendly with both India and Pakistan, extend its support and sympathy to them but remain as studiedly neutral in other mutual problems as possible.

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