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U.S. urged Pakistan to coordinate activities at the border

2011-12-27 12:53

The head of Central Command of the U.S. armed forces General James Mattis noted that in order to avoid incidents at the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan, it is necessary to coordinate the operation of the NATO forces with the Pakistani military during operations in border areas. Mattis ordered the commander of international forces in Afghanistan General John Allen to develop steps that will help to prevent future cases of firing of Pakistani troops, "Radio Freedom" reported.

Recall, in November 2011 at the Afghan-Pakistan border as a result of an erroneous attack of the U.S. helicopters 24 soldiers of Pakistan army were killed. After the incident, Pakistan shut its border with Afghanistan for the time, thus cutting off the vital supply routes for NATO forces. In addition, Pakistan has refused to participate in the Bonn conference on Afghanistan and made it clear that these measures may be not last, BBC Russian reported.

As the cause of this incident the U.S. military called a lack of coordination between the Pakistani military and coalition forces. In this regard, General Mattis urged the leadership of Pakistan to provide full information from all cross-border facilities and introduce clarity with the use of a common database, "Voice of America" reported.

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