Pak must show it wants Afghan peace: US

Marc Grossman said that Pak must prove it wants an end to the war by curbing militants from hiding.

Updated: Jun 27, 2011, 21:07 PM IST

Kabul: Washington`s special envoy to
Afghanistan said on Monday that Pakistan must prove it wants an
end to the war by preventing militants from hiding out on its
soil and enabling those who launch attacks on the Afghan side
of the border.

Marc Grossman, US special representative to
Afghanistan and Pakistan, said in Kabul that discussions among
Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States being held this
week in the Afghan capital are important to coordinate efforts
to find a political resolution to the nearly decade-long war.

He said they also are an opportunity to clearly convey
to Pakistani officials that part of their responsibility for
bringing peace is to stop supporting insurgent safe havens and
those who attack Afghans and international forces in
Afghanistan.

"We`ve been pretty clear that going forward here, we
want the government of Pakistan to participate positively in
the reconciliation process," Grossman said at a news
conference. "Pakistan now has important choices to make."

Grossman and representatives from more than 40 nations
are attending a meeting of the International Contact Group.

The group`s 11th meeting comes after President Barack Obama
announced last week he was ordering 10,000 US troops home by
year`s end; as many as 23,000 more are to leave by September
2012. That would leave 68,000 US troops in Afghanistan.

The 33,000 total to be withdrawn is the number Obama
sent as reinforcements in December 2009 as part of an effort
to reverse the Taliban`s momentum and hasten an eventual
political settlement of the conflict. The US and its allies
plan a full combat withdrawal by the end of 2014.

PTI