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Pentagon for amicable solution to border tiff

Pentagon for amicable solution to border tiff

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May 04, 2013 - 10:50

WASHINGTON (PANinfo-icon): Describing recent incidents of border clashes as troubling, the United States on Friday urged Afghanistaninfo-icon and Pakistaninfo-icon to resolve their dispute peacefully and bilaterally.

“We are aware of recent incidents along the border. Whenever these occur, they are troubling. We encourage both sides to try peaceful resolution of the border issues,” the Pentagon press secretary said.

George Little told reporters at an off-camera news conference the border spat needed to be worked out between Afghans and Pakistanis.

“To the extent, we can support these efforts we will,” he promised, when asked if the US was helping the two countries to resolve their dispute peacefully. “Our operations to my knowledge are not affected,” Little concluded.

During the high-stakes battle in the Goshta district of eastern Nangarhar province on Wednesday night, Afghan forces claimed overrunning a Pakistani-held border crossing and pulling down a gate unilaterally erected in the area.

The incident triggered a string of anti-Pakistan demonstrations, with thousands of people in a number of Afghan cities taking to the streets. The protestors torched Pakistan’s flag and chanted slogans against spy network -- the Inter-Services Intelligence.

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