September 23, 2014

US ambassador confirm Grossman’s remarks on Durand Line

By Sajad - Tue Oct 23 2012, 8:41 pm

US ambassador to Afghanistan James Cunningham confirmed the comments of US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman regarding the legal status of Durand Line as the formal border line between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

March Grossman on Monday said Washington recognize Durand line as the international border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The Durand Line refers to the 2,640 kilometers long porous border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. It was established after an 1893 agreement between Mortimer Durand of British India and Afghan Amir Abdur Rahman Khan for fixing the limit of their respective spheres of influence.

However the Afghan government prevented to recognize Durand Line as the Pakistan-Afghanistan border after the formation of Pakistan in 1947.

In the meantime Afghan foreign ministry following a statement strongly denied reports which claims that the Durand Line has been recongized as the formal border line between Afghanistan and Pakistan, without referring to US special envoy Marc Grossman.

Afghan foreign ministry in its statemetn said, “The status of the Durand Line is a matter of historic importance for the Afghan people.”

The source further added, “The Afghan government therefore rejects and considers irrelevant any statement by anyone about the legal status of this line.”

But James Cunningham US ambassador to Afghanistan during his visit to southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan on Tuesday confirmed the comments of Marc Grossman regarding the legal status of Durand Line.

He said, “There was nothing new in remarks of US special envoy Marc Grossman. Washington like many other nations has already recognized the Durand Line as the Pak-Afghan border. This is not a new issue.”

Neither the Afghan government officials nor the Pakistani and western officials have so far commented regarding the legal status of Durand Line during the past 11 years after the fall of the Taliban regime.

Political observers believe that Islamabad is supporting Taliban group to force the Afghan government to recongize the Durand Line as the Pak-Afghan border line.

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