US official doubts Pakistan border to stay closed

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
October 2, 2010 02:09

WASHINGTON — The United States is confident that Pakistan will soon remove its restriction on the flow of NATO supply convoys across the border into Afghanistan, the special representative for the two countries said Friday.

"It's inconceivable to me that the closing of the routes — the alleged closing, which is not a full closing anyway — would continue more than a short period of time," Richard Holbrooke said at a forum sponsored by The Atlantic Monthly and the Aspen Institute,

Holbrooke argued that it would make no economic sense for Pakistan to continue to restrict the flow of materials to US-led NATO forces.

"Once they start closing that thing it's going to have a colossal effect on the region," he said.


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