Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Friday, January 12, 2007

UN rejects proposal to place land mines along the Afghan-Pakistan border

While the relationship between Pakistan and Afghanistan remains tense, mostly due to cross-border militancy, the United Nations is calling “upon both governments to strengthen their commitment to find cooperative solutions to the security problems that [the Pakistan-Afghan] region faces”, the IRIN reported on Tuesday. The UN has also rejected Pakistan’s appeal to seed the Pakistan-Afghan border with land mines. The land mines are intended to divert increased Taliban activity between the bordering nations. However, these land mines are a particular threat to the Pashtun people, a majority ethnic group that resides along the border in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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