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Afghanistan and Pakistan Status

Richard Holbrooke
Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan 
Kabul, Afghanistan
July 23, 2009


We've said it before and let me say it again: Afghanistan cannot be stabilized unless Pakistan does its part in its western regions. And right now, finally, the Pakistani army is engaged in a very significant military offensive against the Taliban.

But this election will take place on schedule. And Helmand will be able to participate thanks to this offensive that General Nicholson and his colleagues are directing.


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