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Talks between US, Pakistan fail - report

2012-04-28 14:33

Washington - High-level talks on ending a diplomatic deadlock between the United States and Pakistan have ended in failure over Pakistani demands for an apology from the United States, The New York Times reported on Saturday.

The newspaper said US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman left the Pakistani capital on Friday night with no agreement.

The departure followed two days of discussions aimed at patching up the damage caused by a US air strike last November that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers on the Afghanistan border, the report said.

The United States refuses to apologise for the strike.

The incident has damaged the precarious US-Pakistani partnership and provoked outrage in Islamabad, which has retaliated by cutting off Nato supply routes to Afghanistan.

The United States and Pakistan disagree about the precise sequence of events in the deadliest single cross-border attack of the 10-year war in Afghanistan.

Pakistan denies shooting first, and has accused the Americans of an intentional attack on its troops.

Deadlock

The administration of US President Barack Obama had been seriously debating whether to say "I'm sorry" to Pakistan's satisfaction - until April 15, when multiple simultaneous attacks struck Kabul and other Afghan cities, The Times said.

"What changed was the 15th of April," the paper quotes an unnamed senior administration official as saying.

US military and intelligence officials concluded that the attacks were directed by the Haqqani network, a group working from a base in North Waziristan in Pakistan's tribal belt, the report said.

That swung the raging debate on whether Obama or another senior US official should go beyond the expression of regret that the administration had already given, and apologise, the paper said.

Without the apology, Pakistani officials say they cannot reopen the Nato supply routes into Afghanistan that have been closed since November, the report said.

The United States, in turn, is withholding from Pakistan between $1.18bn and $3bn of promised military aid.

The continuing deadlock does not bode well for Pakistan's attendance at a Nato meeting in Chicago in three weeks, assuming it is even invited, The Times said.

US administration officials acknowledged on Friday that the stalemate would not be resolved quickly, the paper noted.

Comments
  • Schalk - 2012-04-28 21:06

    Pakistan has been leading the US intelligence services by the nose for years, and this is just another incident in a series of 'blackmail' against an intelligence service that hasn't perfected the art of human intelligence and rely on Pakistan for its information/intelligence, and therefore consistently being led by the nose! You have the ideal opportunity to force them to toe the line. pakistan cannot do without the money that is being withheld.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-29 08:18

    The scary part is that ,Pakistan being such an unstable country, has nuclear bombs!! Just for this reason; NO FURTHER country should ever be allowed to even get close to developing a nuclear bomb. Unfair ?? To hell with that !!!

      Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-04-29 17:24

      Anthony. Wake up. Us drone(terrorist machines) strikes killed 26 Pakistani soldiers. Not only are the strikes illegal under international law but the us killed the wrong people. all Pakistan have asked for is that the us apologies for killing Pakistani soldiers and that the us cease ILLEGAL drone strikes in that country

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