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Pakistan: Land Mines

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government have made to the Government of Pakistan on the proposal to land-mine parts of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. (127071)

The subject was discussed when my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister met President Musharraf in Pakistan on 19 November 2006. We recognise the efforts being made by Pakistan to curb cross-border infiltration on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border and its commitment to continue this work, but urge Pakistan to find solutions with less destructive long-term humanitarian consequences. We note that President Musharraf announced on 2 February that he has decided for the time being not to mine the border.