Exercise restraint: Britain

LONDON OCT. 5. The British Government has taken a serious view of the missile tests by India and Pakistan, and urged the two countries to exercise restraint in view of the ``heightened tensions'' in the region.

In two separate but identical statements, the Foreign Office Minister, Mike O'Brien, said that restraint was in the ``long-term interests'' of the region. The British Government's concern, he said, had been conveyed to the High Commissioners of India and Pakistan in London.

``I regret India's decision to test a surface-to-air missile at this time. The U.K. continues to believe that restraint over testing by both sides particularly at a time of heightened tensions is in the long-term interests of India and the region,'' he said in a statement.

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