UNITED NATIONS (NEW YORK)
Both Pakistan and Afghanistan have expressed strong determination to try to find a solution to the Afghan problem.
UNITED NATIONS (NEW YORK)
1. SV UN Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs, Diego Cordovez, speaking (SOT) (3 shots) 1.57
SPEECH TRANSCRIPT - SEQUENCE ONE: DIEGO CORDOVEZ:
"This time, the two delegations will come to the Palais Des Nations together, and there will be separate rooms, because they have not agreed to have direct talks, and I will move from one room to another. This will, I hope, expedite the talks, I will not be required to wait, so, say, until the afternoon, or until the following day to get a reply to a specific point. But rather the replay will be given immediately. I have said that short of direct talks, this is of course, the best diplomatic procedure in the circumstances. I can say that I hope that progress will be made. I think that there is a determination and good faith on the part of the interlocutors to make progress. I said that when I was in the area, and nothing has changed my impression since then. But at the same time, I hope you will understand that these discussions will be held in an atmosphere of inter national relations which is, which continues to be very tense, and that there is tremendous distrust between the interlocutors who are participating in these discussions. And this, a I said to you before, in one of the most frustrating aspects of my role, because I feel that each one wants to make progress, each one wants to have an agreement, and the distrust is so strong, they simply do not seem to a able to accept each other's word, and to move ahead, and this is, as I say, very frustrating."
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Background: UNITED NATIONS (NEW YORK)
Both Pakistan and Afghanistan have expressed strong determination to try to find a solution to the Afghan problem. The United Nation Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs, diego Cordovez, said this on August 20, before leaving for a new round of talks in Geneva with the foreign ministers of the two countries. The talks began more than two years ago. They focus on efforts to secure the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan. Another aim is to secure the voluntary repatriation of more than three million Afghan refugees now in Pakistan and Iran. The Soviet Union is not directly involved in the talks, but Mr Cordovez, who is the chief negotiator, said Moscow had given categorical assurances of support for the UN peace efforts. He also said that although there was distrust between the two sides, good faith prevailed. He said he planned to hold separate informal talks with the Afghan and Pakistani Foreign Ministers before the talks began officially on August 31. As Pakistan does not recognise Afghanistan's Soviet-backed government, face-to-face meetings have so far been ruled out.