Thursday, December 28, 2006

Karzai: Border Fence Won't Stop Terrorists

KABUL, Afghanistan -- President Hamid Karzai criticized Pakistan's plan to mine and fence its border with Afghanistan, saying Thursday that it will separate families but not prevent terrorism. -- Karzai said that rather than building a fence, officials must remove the training centers used by terrorists and go after their sources of funding and equipment, steps the Afghan leader often calls for without mentioning the name of his neighboring country. -- Mines are deeply unpopular in Afghanistan, where thousands of its civilians have been killed or maimed by mines planted during 25 years of war here. -- "We have suffered, and we are very much for the removal, prevention of mines," Karzai said. -- U.N. officials on Wednesday criticized Pakistan's plan, saying it would add to civilian casualties.


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