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Pakistan wants solid outcome of Bonn Conference: FM spokesman

12-05-2011 21:23 BJT

ISLAMABAD, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan said on Monday that it wants solid outcome of Bonn Conference on the future of Afghanistan to promote peace and reconciliation in the war- shattered country.

Pakistan boycotted the Conference in protest against the November 26 NATO raids on its two border posts which had killed 24 soldiers and injured 13 others.

World leaders had urged Pakistan to change its boycott decision but Islamabad stayed away from the assembly held on Monday.

"Pakistan's participation in Bonn conference was not possible however Islamabad closely monitoring the proceedings in Bonn," Pakistan Foreign Ministry spokesman Abdul Basit said.

"We did not participate in the conference but Pakistan wants peace and stability in Afghanistan," he told a state television in an interview.

He said Pakistan's absence in international conference does not mean that Islamabad has lost interests in Afghanistan.

"Pakistan would continue helping our neighboring country in promotion of peace process," said Abdul Basit.

He said Pakistan hopes peace and reconciliation efforts should be intensified, adding that Pakistan wants stability in Afghanistan.

"We want reconciliation process in Afghanistan be revived as instability affects the whole region and the world," the spokesman said.

He said Pakistan's problems and proposals for Afghanistan's peace and reconciliation should not be ignored.

Pakistani political leadership and the media were divided over the Bonn boycott issue. Some media, several senior political leaders and former diplomats viewed that Pakistan should have attended the conference.

Both former Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and former Interior Minister Aftab Ahmed Sherpao opposed the boycott decision, saying Pakistan should have shared its opinion and concern with world delegates at the conference.

 

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

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