Pakistan boycotts Afghan peace conference
Wednesday 30 November 2011
Pakistan has pulled out of an international conference on the future of Afghanistan, its latest angry riposte after a cross-border attack by Nato that killed 24 of its soldiers. Nato says the attack was a tragic mistake.
Islamabad's decision to boycott next week's meeting in the German city of Bonn on securing peace after Nato troops leave Afghanistan in 2014 means a key player that can lean on Taliban militants to join the process will be absent.
"The cabinet reaffirmed Pakistan's support for stability and peace in Afghanistan and the importance of an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned process of reconciliation," the government said.
"Pakistan looks forward to the success of this conference but in view of developments and prevailing circumstances has decided not to participate."
The move will not be seen as a major setback to the process of planning Afghanistan's future as few tangible results were expected at Bonn. "The agenda of Bonn does not depend on Pakistan, nor does its success depend on Pakistan," a senior British Foreign Office official said. "But it would be better for Pakistan if she were there. There is a slight risk of the Pakistanis disenfranchising themselves."
- 1 Rihanna 'nude photos' claims emerge on 4Chan as hacking scandal continues
- 2 Frank Lampard equalises for Manchester City against Chelsea: how Twitter reacted
- 4 Kim Kardashian 'nude photos' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence scandal
- 5 Hitler’s former food taster reveals the horrors of the Wolf’s Lair
350 skinny dippers brave Northumberland seas for record attempt at mass naked swim
Rihanna 'nude photos' claims emerge on 4Chan as hacking scandal continues
Kim Kardashian 'nude photos' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence scandal
Jennifer Lawrence leaked 4Chan sex video branded 'fake' by forum users
Hitler’s former food taster reveals the horrors of the Wolf’s Lair
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scotland could still declare independence – even without referendum, says Alex Salmond
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell
Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell called officer a 'little s**t', claim court documents 'exposing ex-Chief Whip's 'record of abusing police'
£12000 - £14400 per annum: Randstad Education Manchester Secondary: Are you an...
Negotiable: Randstad Education Bristol: Biology Teacher for fixed term contrac...
£60 - £70 per day: Randstad Education Luton: SECONDARY PRU / SEN / LSA experie...
£15 - £17 Per Hour: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client is currently r...